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Youth Unemployment

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many 16 to 18-year-olds are not in education, employment or training; what percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds this represents; and what the figures were for each of the past 10 years. [120528]

The numbers and percentages of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) for 1992 to 2001 (as at end of calendar year) are set out in the table. The figures for end 2001 are provisional.

16 to 18-year-olds NEET in England
Year endNumber (Thousand)Percentage
199219711
199317310
19941529
19951599

latest data available are shown in the second following table. Figures for students starting courses in 2000–01 will be published in December 2003.

Figures published in 2002 by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) show that the UK as a whole has one of the lowest non-completion rates among OECD countries.

16 to 18-year-olds NEET in England

Year end

Number (Thousand)

Percentage

199616910
19971709
199818310
19991569
20001729
20011739

Note:

The percentages do not include any revisions following the 2001 census

These estimates are taken from the latest annual statistical first release, 'SFR 16/2002: Participation in Education, Training and Employment by 16–18 Year Olds in England: 2000 and 2001'.