Estimated 20,000 Young People Not In Education Or Work

An estimated 20,000 young people in Northern Ireland who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the last three months to December 2021.

The Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA) has published the latest statistics on NEET young people.

According to to

There were an estimated 20,000 young people aged 16 to 24 years in Northern Ireland who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in October to December 2021. This was equivalent to 10.0% of all those aged 16 to 24 years in NI, which was similar to the proportion of young people who were NEET in the UK (10.1%).

Of the 20,000 people aged 16 to 24 years who were NEET in October to December 2021, 12,000 were men and 8,000 were women. This is equivalent to a NEET rate for men of 11.9% and a NEET rate for women of 8.0%.

The number who were NEET decreased from the previous quarter and over the year, neither change was statistically significant.

In October to December 2021 there were an estimated 15,000 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).

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

29 July 2022
Former NI Captain And Manager Terry Neill Dies Aged 80
Former Northern Ireland and Arsenal captain and manager Terry Neill has died at the age of 80. Neill from Belfast was Arsenal's youngest captain at 20 and played over 270 games for the club between 1957 and 1970. Born in 1942, he started playing for Bangor's youth team and went on to play for Arsenal in 1959, aged 17.
26 July 2022
Lord David Trimble Dies Aged 77
Lord David Trimble, co-architect of the Good Friday Agreement and NI's original First Minister, has died aged 77. His death was announced in a statement released by the Trimble family. It read: "It is with great sadness that the family of Lord Trimble announce that he passed away peacefully earlier today following a short illness.
25 July 2022
Sir William Wright Dies Aged 94
Sir William Wright, Wrightbus founder and former Unionist councillor, has died. Paying tribute to one of Northern Ireland's best known business pioneers, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons said: "I was deeply saddened to learn today of the passing of Sir William Wright.
06 July 2015
Employment Minister Launches NEET Youth Forum
The NEET Youth Forum has been launched by Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry. The Forum is a regional network of young people who have experienced difficulties in accessing education, employment or training.
04 August 2022
Two People Arrested On Suspicion Of People Smuggling
The PSNI have arrested two people in Belfast on suspicion of offences linked to people smuggling. At around 8am on Wednesday morning, immigration officers and some 30 police officers conducted raids on two properties in Annadale Drive and Ravenhill Avenue.