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Young People: Unemployment

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many and what proportion of 16 to 18 year-olds were not in education, employment and training in each year since April 2001. (249239)

Estimates of participation in education for those of academic age 16-18, including the number and proportion estimated to be Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET), are published annually by the Department in a Statistical First Release (SFR) each June on the Department’s website

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000792/index.shtml.

The historical information sought on the numbers and percentages of young people NEET can be found in the following two excel files downloadable at the link above:

“More detailed participation rates, including tables back to 1985”

and

“More detailed participation numbers, including tables back to 1985”

These provide the following estimates of 16-18 NEET, based on academic age, and relating to a snapshot at the end of each calendar year:

End

Number of 16 to 18-year-olds NEET

Percentage of 16 to 18-year-olds NEET

2001

182,400

9.9

2002

188,400

10.0

2003

183,500

9.5

2004

189,800

9.6

2005

213,700

10.7

2006

209,700

10.4

2007

189,500

9.4