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Unemployment

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many (a) males aged between 16 and 64 years and (b) females aged between 16 and 59 years were not in education, employment or training in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2007. (174637)

I have been asked to reply.

The UK has a dynamic and flexible labour market with one of the highest employment rates of the G7 nations. Under this Government youth unemployment has fallen and we now have more 18 to 24-year-olds in employment and full time education compared to 1997.

Government are not complacent and have set out how we will deliver an integrated employment and skills service that will include early skills screening of 18 to 24-year-olds, piloting of mandatory skills health cheeks and basic skills and job focused provision and new funding for a new adult advancement and careers service.

The following table shows estimates from the Labour Force Survey for England for the second quarter of each year of the numbers and percentage not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Not in education, employment or training (NEET) by gender (England)

Males aged 161 to 64

Females aged 161 to 64

Q2 of each year

NEET

Total

Percentage

NEET

Total

Percentage

1997

2,372,000

14,902,000

15.9

3,609,000

14,031,000

25.7

2001

2,166,000

15,151,000

14.3

3,294,000

14,342,000

23.0

2005

2,211,000

15,444,000

14.3

3,221,000

14,618,000

22.0

2007

2,296,000

15,602,000

14.7

3,302,000

14,667,000

22.5

1 Lower age bound is based on academic age 16—that is those aged at least 16 on the previous 31 August and who will therefore have completed compulsory full-time education.

Source:

Labour Force Survey Q2 (April to June) of each year