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Unemployment

Volume 494: debated on Wednesday 17 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of (a) males aged 16 to 18, (b) females aged 16 to 18, (c) males aged 19 to 24 and (d) females aged 19 to 24 years were not in education, employment or training in the first quarter of each year since 1997. (275869)

The following tables show estimates of people aged1 16 to 18 and 19 to 24 not in employment, education or training (NEET) in England. These estimates are from the quarter 1 Labour Force Survey (LFS) in all years that the required data are available.

We are unable to provide NEET estimates back to 1997 from the LFS as all the data necessary to produce them are not available on datasets prior to quarter 2 2000. However for 16-18 year olds data are available from 1997 using the definitive source for this age group and are published annually in a DCSF Statistical First Release. The most recent release is due to be updated on 16 June 2009 and will be available at

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s000849/index.shtml.

Data from the LFS for more recent periods up to quarter 4 2008 are available from official statistics last published by DCSF in February 2009 (see following link). These are due to be updated to include quarter 1 2009 on 23 June 2009.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000751/index.shtml

1Age used is the respondent’s academic age, which is defined as their age at the preceding 31 August.

16 to 18 year olds not in employment education or training (NEET).

Male NEET

%

Female NEET

%

2001

91,000

10.1

78,000

9.2

2002

100,000

10.8

88,000

9.9

2003

108,000

11.3

90,000

10.0

2004

101,000

10.5

88,000

9.6

2005

106,000

10.8

98,000

10.4

2006

128,000

12.9

97,000

10.3

2007

122,000

12.1

90,000

9.6

2008

101,000

10.1

92,000

9.7

Source:

Labour Force Survey, quarter 1

Base:

16 to 18 year olds, England

19 to 24 year olds not in employment education or training (NEET).

Male NEET

%

Female NEET

%

2001

173,000

10.2

330,000

19.1

2002

190,000

11.1

323,000

18.6

2003

199,000

11.3

333,000

18.9

2004

179,000

9.8

310,000

17.1

2005

205,000

10.9

334,000

18.1

2006

216,000

11.3

360,000

19.2

2007

249,000

12.6

367,000

18.8

2008

256,000

12.6

361,000

18.3

Source:

Labour Force Survey, quarter 1

Base:

19 to 24 year olds, England

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of people aged 16 to 24 years old were not in education, employment and training in the first quarter of each year for which figures are available. (275870)

The following table shows estimates of people aged1 16 to 24 not in employment, education or training (NEET) in England. The earliest estimates are from the quarter 1 2001 Labour Force Survey (LFS), the earliest quarter 1 for which figures are available.

Data from the LFS for more recent periods up to quarter 4 2008 are available from official statistics last published by DCSF in February 2009 (see following link). These are due to be updated to include quarter 1 2009 on 23 June 2009.

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000751/index.shtml

16 to 24 year olds not in employment, education or training (NEET).

Q1

NEET

Percentage)

2001

671,000

13.0

2002

701,000

13.3

2003

729,000

13.6

2004

677,000

12.3

2005

743,000

13.1

2006

801,000

14.0

2007

828,000

14.1

2008

810,000

13.6

1 Age used is the respondent’s academic age, which is defined as their age at the preceding 31 August.

Source:

Labour Force Survey, quarter 1

Base:

16 to 24 year olds, England