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Unemployment: Young People

Volume 502: debated on Tuesday 8 December 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of people aged between 16 and 24 years old were not in education, employment or training in the third quarter of each of the last 10 years. (302573)

The table gives the number and percentage of people aged1 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the third quarter of each year from 2000 to 2009.

These estimates are from the Labour Force Survey and will include pregnant mothers, those caring for children or relatives, people with a disability or suffering from ill health, and those waiting for a course or job to start, including those on a gap year.

People aged1 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training in England

Number

Percentage of all 16 to 24-year-olds

2000

749,000

14.5

2001

766,000

14.6

2002

785,000

14.8

2003

815,000

14.9

2004

829,000

14.9

2005

877,000

15.2

2006

970,000

16.6

2007

909,000

15.4

2008

973,000

16.2

2009

1,082,000

18.0

1 Age is based on academic age, which is defined as the age of the respondent at the preceding 31 August

Source:

Quarter 3 Labour Force Survey

It must be noted that a direct comparison between consecutive quarters cannot be made as quarterly NEET estimates from the LFS display a strong seasonal pattern. Estimates for quarter 3 are always considerably higher than in quarter 4 because of the number of young people who are either between courses or who have recently left education.

Estimates for every quarter since 2005 have been produced by the Department for Children Schools and Families and are available here:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000890/NEETQtrBriefQ32009.pdf