• Posted 01-Sep-2016

Statistics on young people neither in employment nor in education or training

This article presents an overview of European Union (EU) statistics related to young people neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET). It provides information on the transition from education to work and focuses on the number of young people who find themselves disengaged from both education and the labour market.

One of the most important decisions in life concerns the choice of when to make the move from education to the world of work. Given that the vast majority (89.8 %) of young people in the EU-28 between the ages of 15 and 19 continued to participate in some form of education and training (either formal or non-formal), the following analysis mainly focuses on the population aged 20 to 34.

The main findings of the analysis are the following mentioned:

  • There were more than 17 million young people aged 20–34 who were neither in employment nor in education and training.
  • The share of young people neither in employment nor in education and training rose during the financial and economic crisis while an increasing proportion of young people remained within education or training.
  • Greece and Italy recorded the highest proportions of young people who were neither in employment nor in education and training.
  • Young women are more likely to be neither in employment nor in education and training.
  • As young women become older they are more often neither in employment nor in education and training.
  • Young female NEETs were more likely to be inactive, while young male NEETs were more likely to be unemployed.
  • Young male NEETs aged 20-24 were more likely to be unemployed than young female NEETs while young female NEETs aged 30–34 were more likely to be inactive.
  • Young people in the EU living in cities were less likely to be out of employment or education and training although the share of young people neither in employment nor in education and training was more mixed when analysed by degree of urbanisation in EU Member States which recorded relatively low overall NEET rates

More information:  http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Statistics_on_young_people_neither_in_employment_nor_in_education_or_training