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Young people: Unemployment

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many and what proportion of (a) 16, (b) 17, (c) 18, (d) 16 to 18 and (e) 19 to 24 year olds of each social class were not in education, employment or training in each (i) local education authority area, (ii) region, (iii) borough and (iv) parliamentary constituency in each of the last five years. (155624)

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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