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Youth employment

Published Monday, December 4, 2017

On 6 December 2017 there will be a General Debate in Westminster Hall on youth employment. This debate is sponsored by Gillian Keegan MP.

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The purpose of this debate is to discuss youth employment.

Of the 7.1 million people aged 16-24 in the second quarter of 2017:

  • 3.9 million were in employment (55% of people aged 16-24%).
  • 2.2 million were not in employment, but were in full-time education (31%).
  • 170,000 were not in employment, but were in part time education (2%).
  • 790,000 were not in employment or full-time or part time education (NEET, 11%).

Further statistics on employment levels for young people are included in the debate pack, as well as information on employment law for young people and the support that is available to help young people find work.

The following pre-existing briefings may also be useful:

Commons Debate packs CDP-2017-0248

Authors: Andy Powell; Jennifer Brown; Feargal McGuinness; Nerys Roberts; Douglas Pyper

Topics: Economic policy, Employment, Training, Unemployment

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