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Statistical bulletin: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), August 2014

Released: 21 August 2014 Download PDF

For April to June 2014

  • There were 955,000 young people (aged from 16 to 24) in the UK who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), a decrease of 20,000 from January to March 2014 and down 138,000 from a year earlier.
  • The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 13.3%, down 0.3 percentage points from January to March 2014 and down 1.8 percentage points from a year earlier.
  • Just under half (48%) of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed. The remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive.

In this bulletin

This Statistical Bulletin contains estimates for Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in the UK. An article providing background information (88.7 Kb Pdf) is available on the ONS website. The Bulletin is published four times a year in February, May, August and November. All estimates discussed in this Statistical Bulletin are for the United Kingdom and are seasonally adjusted. The figures discussed in this Statistical Bulletin are obtained from the Labour Force Survey (a survey of households) and are therefore estimates, not precise figures.

This Statistical Bulletin is accompanied by a data table in spreadsheet format (391.5 Kb Excel sheet) .

Total Young People who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

For April to June 2014, there were 955,000 young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), down 20,000 from January to March 2014 and down 138,000 from a year earlier.  For April to June 2014, 13.3% of all people aged from 16 to 24 were NEET, down 0.3 percentage points from January to March 2014 and down 1.8 percentage points on a year earlier. Chart 1 shows the percentage of people aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET over the last five years.

Chart 1: People aged from 16 to 24 Not in Education, Employment or Training as a percentage of all people aged from 16 to 24, seasonally adjusted

Chart 1: People aged from 16 to 24 Not in Education, Employment or Training as a percentage of all people aged from 16 to 24, seasonally adjusted
Source: Labour Force Survey - Office for National Statistics

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For April to June 2014, there were 59,000 people aged from 16 to 17 who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 5,000 from January to March 2014 and down 13,000 from a year earlier. There were 896,000 people aged from 18 to 24 who were NEET, down 26,000 from January to March 2014 and down 124,000 from a year earlier. 

Unemployed Young People who were NEET

Unemployment measures people without a job who have been actively seeking work within the last four weeks and are available to start work in the next two weeks. For April to June 2014, there were 460,000 unemployed young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), down 47,000 from January to March 2014 and down 125,000 from a year earlier. For April to June 2014:

  • there were 291,000 unemployed men aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET, and

  • there were 169,000 unemployed women aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET. 

Economically Inactive Young People who were NEET

Economic inactivity measures people not in employment who have not been seeking work within the last four weeks and/or are unable to start work within the next two weeks. For April to June 2014, there were 494,000 economically inactive young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 27,000 from January to March 2014 and down 12,000 from a year earlier. For April to June 2014:

  • there were 160,000 economically inactive men aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET, and

  • there were 334,000 economically inactive women aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET.

Background notes

  1. Further statistics on young people in the labour market for the UK were published on 13 August 2014 within the main Labour Market Statistics release and are available at data table A06 (2.36 Mb Excel sheet) . Information on availability of sub-national estimates of Young People who are NEET is available in an article published on the website (88.7 Kb Pdf) .

    The next bulletin will be published on 20 November 2014. In that bulletin the estimates of young people who are NEET will be revised as a result of incorporating 2011 Census based population estimates into the Labour Force Survey calculations. Estimates will be revised back to the start of the series, that is, October to December 2001.

    A list of the job titles of those given pre-publication access to the contents of this Statistical Bulletin is available on the website.

  2. Details of the policy governing the release of new data are available by visiting www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/code-of-practice/index.html or from the Media Relations Office email: media.relations@ons.gsi.gov.uk

Statistical contacts

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Nick Palmer +44 (0)1633 455839 Labour Market Division nicholas.palmer@ons.gsi.gov.uk
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