Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) - UK: March 2021

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics on young people not in education, employment or training in the UK:

  • The percentage of all young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in October to December 2020 was estimated at 11.6%; the proportion was up by 0.6 percentage points compared with July to September 2020 and up by 0.6 percentage points compared with October to December 2019.
  • Of all young people in the UK who were NEET in October to December 2020, an estimated 44.3% were looking for, and available for, work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and were classified as economically inactive.
  • There were an estimated 797,000 young people in the UK who were NEET in October to December 2020; this increased by 39,000 compared with July to September 2020 and was up by 34,000 compared with October to December 2019.
  • The quarterly increase of 39,000 was the largest since July to September 2011 and was almost entirely driven by economically inactive men.

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  • Publish DateThu, 04 Mar 2021
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