It’s a term I dislike but one which the government has used for some time. The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) has risen.
There were 800,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) from July to September 2019. This is the highest number since October to December 2016, but still well below the peak of 1.2 million in the latter half of 2011. The number was up 43,000 when compared with July to September 2018, the largest annual increase since January to March 2012, and increased by 8,000 from April to June 2019.
Of all young people in the UK who were NEET in July to September 2019, 39.6% were looking for, and available for, work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive. There seem to be a huge percentage of young people living at home or somehow not claiming benefits who are not really able to do anything economically productive.
Nationally, unemployment measures people without a job who have been actively seeking work within the last four weeks and are available to start work in the next two weeks. For July to September 2019, there were 317,000 unemployed young people (aged 16 to 24 years) who were not in education, employment or training (NEET), up 33,000 from July to September 2018 but down 13,000 from April to June 2019.
For July to September 2019, there were:
- 212,000 unemployed men aged 16 to 24 years who were NEET
- 105,000 unemployed women aged 16 to 24 years who were NEET; the lowest number since records began in October to December 2001.
Good jobs with decent pay and training opportunities are really tough to find at the moment, especially in the SW. What’s the answer to all this young talent going unused?