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Release: Measuring National Well-being, Measuring Young People's Well-being, 2012

Released: 10 October 2012
  • Where we live: Living with parents

    In the UK an estimated 63 per cent (4.6 million) of all those aged 16-24 were living in the parental home in 2012.

    In the UK, in 2012, there were more men than women aged 16-24 living with their parents at 69 per cent and 57 per cent respectively.

  • What we do: Labour market

    There has been a decrease between 2002 and 2012 in the percentage of young people who were active in the labour market: from 54 per cent to 37 per cent for those aged 16 to 17 and from 75 per cent to 72 per cent of those aged 18-24.

    The unemployment rate for those aged 16 or 17 has increased from 19 per cent in 2002 to 37 per cent in 2012: over the same time period the rate for 18-24 year olds increased from 11 per cent to 20 per cent.

    In 2012 a smaller percentage of those in full-time education were also in employment than in 2002 in both the 16-17 and 18-24 age groups.

  • What we do: Leisure time

    Around three-quarters of 16-17 year olds and 18-19 year olds (77 per cent and 72 per cent respectively) in Great Britain in 2011/12 reported medium to high levels of satisfaction with the amount of time to do the things they like, compared with just over half (55 per cent) of 20-24 year olds.

    There was a reduction in participation in moderate intensity sport by 16-19 year olds in England between 2005/06 and 2011/12: for example, 63 per cent of 16-19 year olds participated in sport once a week in 2011/12 compared with 67 per cent in 2005/06.

    In 2012 in England there was a significant increase (6.6 percentage points) in young adults who visited a museum or gallery compared with a year earlier.

    Between 2005/06 and 2011/12 in England there was an increase of 3.6 percentage points in the number of 16-24 year olds who had volunteered in the last twelve months.

  • Individual well-being

    In 2012 in the UK, young people aged 16-24 rated their satisfaction with their lives at a higher level than the average for all ages.

    Highest ratings for life satisfaction were in the 16-17 and 18-19 age groups with slightly lower ratings for those in their twenties: a similar pattern for the age groups emerges in response to questions about how worthwhile the things in their lives are and how happy they were yesterday.

    Young people in the UK in 2012 reported the lowest levels of anxiety for the previous day compared with the average for all other age groups.

    In 2012 young people in Great Britain reported that they were very optimistic about the next 12 months: between 80 and 85 per cent reported a medium to high level of optimism.

Information on the selected domains and indicators that measure National Well-being. Articles draw together social and economic data from a wide range of government departments and other organisations; they paint a broad picture of UK society today, and how it has been changing.


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