‘Neet’ young people hits record second quarter high

The number of 18 to 24 year-olds currently not in employment, education or training (Neet) has shot up to 18.4% in England.

The figure, taken from April to June of this year, is the highest second quarter recorded by the Department of Education since 2006.

Almost a million young people (979,000) aged between 16 and 24 are considered Neet in the latest Labour Force Survey.

This figure is set to increase even further in the next few months when many school, college and university courses finish.

Despite these increases the numher of Neet young people aged 16 to 18 fell throughout the second quarter.

This is partly because of the government’s continued efforts to keep young people in education or training.

Conversely the number of 19 to 24-year-olds considered Neet has reached a high of 19.1%.

These findings join the recent figures from the Office for National Statistics, which show that youth unemployment for 16 to 24-year olds has risen from 20% to 20.2% in the three months leading up to June.