Figures released this morning show record numbers of young people are out of education, work and training.
Statistics published by the Department for Education show more than a million 16 to 24-year-olds – which is almost one in five – are considered NEET; not in education, employment or training.
The figures reveal that in the third quarter of 2011, 1,163,000 people in this age group were NEET, which is an extra 137,000 compared with the same point last year.
The data also shows that more than one in five (21.1 per cent) 18-24-year-olds, 1,013,000 in total, are NEET, which is up 129,000 from 884,000 youngsters in the third quarter of last year.
And around one in seven 16-18-year-olds, 267,000 in total, are NEET, compared to 265,000 at the same point last year.