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Statistical bulletin: Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), May 2013

Released: 23 May 2013 Download PDF

For January to March 2013:

  • There were 1.09 million young people (aged from 16 to 24) in the UK who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 21,000 from October to December 2012 but down 101,000 from a year earlier.
  • The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 15.1%, up 0.3 percentage points from October to December 2012 but down 1.3 percentage points from a year earlier.
  • Just over half (53.0%) 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 is the first edition of a new Statistical Bulletin containing 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 will be 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 (384.5 Kb Excel sheet) .

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

For January to March 2013, there were 1.09 million young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 21,000 from October to December 2012 but down 101,000 from a year earlier.  For January to March 2013, 15.1% of all people aged from 16 to 24 were NEET, up 0.3 percentage points from October to December 2012 but down 1.3 percentage points on a year earlier. Chart 1 shows the percentage of people aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET since 2008.

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 January to March 2013, there were 76,000 people aged from 16 to 17 who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 9,000 from October to December 2012 but down 18,000 from a year earlier. There were 1.02 million people aged from 18 to 24 who were NEET, up 12,000 from October to December 2012 but down 83,000 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 January to March 2013, there were 579,000 unemployed young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 10,000 from October to December 2012 but down 60,000 from a year earlier. For January to March 2013:

  • there were 346,000 unemployed men aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET, and

  • there were 234,000 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 January to March 2013, there were 513,000 economically inactive young people (aged from 16 to 24) who were Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), up 11,000 from October to December 2012 but down 41,000 from a year earlier. For January to March 2013:

  • there were 149,000 economically inactive men aged from 16 to 24 who were NEET, and

  • there were 365,000 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 15 May 2013 within the main Labour Market Statistics release and are available at data table A06 (2.16 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) .

  2. Publication dates for the next year are:

    • 22 August 2013

    • 21 November 2013

    • 27 February 2014

    • 22 May 2014

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

  4. 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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