27/08/2021

Over 12% Of NI's Young People Not In Education, Employment And Training

An estimated 24,000 16 to 24-year-olds are currently not in education, employment or training (NEET), according to the latest reports from the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA).

This represents over 12% of NI's young person population, more than 3% higher that the UK average.

Of the 24,000 people aged 16 to 24 years who were NEET in April to June 2021, 15,000 were men and 9,000 were women. This is equivalent to a NEET rate for men of 14.6% and a NEET rate for women of 9.5%.
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In April to June 2021 there were an estimated 18,000 young people aged 16 to 24 years who were not in education, employment or training and who were not looking for work and/or not available to start work (economically inactive). The remainder of those who were not in education, employment or training were looking for work in the previous four weeks and available to start within the next two weeks (unemployed).

NISRA said that these numbers showed no "statistically significant" change on the previous quarter.

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