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The Department’s estimates of the number and proportion of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) cannot be disaggregated by region or local authority level. However, we can give an indication of the number and proportion of 16, 17 and 18-year-olds NEET in 2005 and 2006 at local authority level using data provided by Connexions services, and this is in the tables attached. Information cannot be broken down by parliamentary constituency, nor is it available at local authority level before 2005. Equivalent information is not collected for 19 to 24-year-olds.
Data provided by Connexions services are used to monitor NEET in each local authority area. However, it should be noted that figures are calculated on a different basis from that used in the Department’s estimates, and therefore do not give the same totals.
The Youth Cohort Study can provide an estimate the proportion of young people who are NEET according to their parents’ occupation. The following table shows the findings of the 2005 survey of 17-year-olds, and relates to young people in England and Wales:
Parental occupation Percentage of 17-year-olds NEET Higher professional 3 Lower professional 5 Intermediate 7 Lower supervisory 9 Routine 12 Other/unclassified 14 Overall 8
Percentage of 17-year-olds NEET