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Unemployment

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many people were not in education, employment or training in each quarter since April 2008. (320176)

I have been asked to reply

The following table shows the number and percentage of all 16-241 year-olds in England who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in each quarter since Q2 2008.

These estimates are taken from the Labour Force Survey which, as with any sample survey, is subject to sampling variability. The estimates should therefore be considered along side their Confidence Intervals (CIs). CIs indicate how accurate an estimate is, for example, a 95% CI of+/-0.7 percentage points (pp) means that the true value is between 0.7pp above the estimate and 0.7pp below the estimate, for 95 per cent. of estimates.

These figures are not seasonally adjusted and therefore adjacent quarters are not directly comparable.

1Age used is respondents academic age. which is defined as their age at the preceding 31 August

Table: Number and percentage of 16-24 year olds not in education, employment and training.

Quarter

Number of 16-24 year- old NEETs

Percentage of all 16-24 year-old NEET

95% confidence intervals (pp)

Q2

2008

837,000

13.9

+/-0.7

Q3

2008

969,000

16.1

+/-0.7

Q4

2008

854,000

14.2

+/-0.7

Q1

2009

933,000

15.5

+/-0.7

Q2

2009

956,000

15.8

+/-0.8

Q3

2009

1,074,000

17.9

+/-0.8

Q4

2009

895,000

14.8

+/-0.7

The Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) publishes the above estimates every quarter and the further information can be found here

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000913/NEETQBQ42009final.pdf