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Unemployment: Young People

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 20th July 2010.

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Photo of Amber Rudd Amber Rudd Conservative, Hastings and Rye

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what percentage of people aged 16 to 24 years were not in education, employment or training in each (a) region and (b) local authority in the first quarter of 2009.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Estimates of the number of people aged(1) 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training (NEET) derived from the Labour Force Survey are published quarterly by the Department for Education. The latest publication can be found online at:

http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000924/index.shtml and includes supplementary tables giving breakdowns by region. The regional estimates for quarter 1 2009 are reproduced in Table 1. Quarterly NEET estimates show a seasonal pattern, with figures at their highest in quarter three each year. While quarter four is most commonly used for standard reporting, estimates for quarter one are usually broadly in line with quarter four.

Table 1: 16 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training in English regions, quarter one 2009
Number Percentage 95% Confidence Interval
England 933,000 15.5 +/-0.7
North East 58,000 18.1 +/-3.2
North West 156,000 18.5 +/-2.1
Yorks and Humber 109,000 16.0 +/- 2.2
East Midlands 70,000 12.9 +/-2.1
West Midlands 125,000 19.9 +/-2.4
East of England 84,000 13.6 +/-2.1
London 120,000 13.8 +/-2.0
South East 132,000 14.1 +/-1.8
South West 80,000 13.9 +/-2.3
(1) Aged used in NEET statistics is academic age, which is defined as a respondents age as at the preceding 31 August.

The regional estimates for quarter one 2009 are taken from the Labour Force Survey, which does not have a large enough sample to calculate estimates for smaller geographies. However, it is possible to calculate estimates of young people NEET in local authorities from the Annual Population Survey, which has a larger sample than the quarterly Labour Force Survey. The estimates provided in Table 2 cover the period between January to December 2009.

Although local authority level estimates can be calculated from the Annual Population Survey, these estimates are generally subject to large sampling variability and some estimates for smaller authorities will be based on very small samples subject to extreme variability. The estimates in Table 2 should therefore be treated with considerable caution and viewed in conjunction with their Confidence Intervals(2), which indicate how accurate an estimate is. For example, a Confidence Interval of +/-4 percentage points (pp) means that the true value is between 4pp above the estimate and 4pp below the estimate.

(2) Those given are 95% confidence intervals

Table 2: 16 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training in local authorities, 2009
Number Percentage Confidence Interval (%)
England 972,000 16.2 +/- 0.5
Barking and Dagenham 4,000 18 +/- 8
Barnet 5,000 18 +/-10
Barnsley 6,000 22 +/- 6
Bath and North East Somerset 3,000 10 +/-5
Bedfordshire 6,000 15 +/-6
Bexley 3,000 10 +/-6
Birmingham 31,000 23 +/-5
Blackburn with Darwen 3,000 19 +/-6
Blackpool 4,000 22 +/-6
Bolton 7,000 19 +/-6
Bournemouth 3,000 13 +/-5
Bracknell Forest 2,000 19 +/-7
Bradford 11,000 18 +/-6
Brent 3,000 15 +/-10
Brighton and Hove 6,000 17 +/-5
Bristol 8,000 14 +/-5
Bromley 2,000 11 +/-10
Buckinghamshire 7,000 13 +/-6
Bury 5,000 23 +/-7
Calderdale 5,000 19 +/-6
Cambridgeshire 7,000 10 +/-5
Camden 5,000 17 +/-7
Cheshire 13,000 18 +/-5
Cornwall 6,000 12 +/-5
Coventry 7,000 15 +/-5
Croydon 7,000 17 +/-8
Cumbria 9,000 19 +/-6
Darlington 3,000 22 +/-6
Derby 7,000 21 +/-6
Derbyshire 10,000 12 +/-5
Devon 10,000 12 +/-5
Doncaster 10,000 27 +/-6
Dorset 6,000 16 +/-6
Dudley 7,000 19 +/-6
Durham 11,000 18 +/-6
Ealing 6,000 16 +/-8
East Riding of Yorkshire 4,000 13 +/-6
East Sussex 9,000 19 +/-7
Enfield 6,000 22 +/-8
Essex 25,000 16 +/-4
Gateshead 4,000 18 +/-6
Gloucestershire 11,000 19 +/-7
Greenwich 3,000 13 +/-7
Hackney 5,000 26 +/-9
Halton 4,000 23 +/-6
Hammersmith and Fulham 3,000 13 +/-8
Hampshire 17,000 12 +/-3
Haringey 7,000 23 +/-8
Harrow 1,000 6 +/-7
Hartlepool 3,000 28 +/-7
Havering 3,000 12 +/-7
Herefordshire 2,000 14 +/-7
Hertfordshire 10,000 10 +/-4
Hillingdon 3,000 8 +/-6
Hounslow 4,000 14 +/-8
Isle of Wight 3,000 22 +/-8
Islington 5,000 19 +/-8
Kensington and Chelsea 1,000 9 +/-8
Kent 25,000 16 +/-4
Kingston upon Hull 10,000 24 +/-5
Kingston upon Thames 1,000 6 +/-5
Kirklees 9,000 23 +/-7
Knowsley 4,000 20 +/-6
Lambeth 4,000 14 +/-7
Lancashire 23,000 17 +/-4
Leeds 17,000 13 +/-4
Leicester 8,000 18 +/-5
Leicestershire 9,000 13 +/-5
Lewisham 5,000 17 +/-9
Lincolnshire 12,000 16 +/-5
Liverpool 16,000 24 +/-6
Luton 5,000 21 +/-6
Manchester 12,000 15 +/-4
Medway 7,000 20 +/-6
Merton 2,000 11 +/-7
Middlesbrough 4,000 21 +/-6
Milton Keynes 5,000 17 +/-7
Newcastle upon Tyne 8,000 17 +/-5
Newham 7,000 22 +/-7
Norfolk 15,000 16 +/-5
North East Lincolnshire 5,000 23 +/-6
North Lincolnshire 3,000 19 +/-7
North Somerset 1,000 7 +/-5
North Tyneside 5,000 27 +/-8
North Yorkshire 9,000 14 +/-6
Northamptonshire 14,000 16 +/-5
Northumberland 5,000 17 +/-7
Nottingham 8,000 13 +/-4
Nottinghamshire 12,000 14 +/-5
Oldham 6,000 24 +/-6
Oxfordshire 7,000 9 +/-5
Peterborough 3,000 15 +/-5
Plymouth 4,000 11 +/-5
Poole 2,000 16 +/-6
Portsmouth 4,000 13 +/-5
Reading 3,000 14 +/-6
Redbridge 4,000 16 +/-8
Redcar and Cleveland 5,000 27 +/-7
Richmond upon Thames 3,000 16 +/-9
Rochdale 5,000 21 +/-6
Rotherham 6,000 23 +/-7
Rutland (1)- (1)- (1)-
Salford 8,000 24 +/-6
Sandwell 11,000 29 +/-6
Sefton 6,000 19 +/-6
Sheffield 12,000 14 +/-5
Shropshire 3,000 11 +/-5
Slough 2,000 13 +/-5
Solihull 5,000 20 +/-6
Somerset 9,000 14 +/-6
South Gloucestershire 3,000 11 +/-5
South Tyneside 5,000 28 +/-7
Southampton 6,000 18 +/-6
Southend on Sea 3,000 21 +/-7
Southwark 5,000 13 +/-7
St Helens 4,000 21 +/-6
Staffordshire 13,000 14 +/-4
Stockport 6,000 18 +/-6
Stockton-on-Tees 4,000 18 +/-6
Stoke-on-Trent 7,000 25 +/-6
Suffolk 10,000 14 +/-5
Sunderland 9,000 24 +/-6
Surrey 7,000 7 +/-3
Sutton 2,000 16 +/-9
Swindon 4,000 18 +/-6
Tameside 6,000 20 +/-6
Telford and Wrekin 4,000 23 +/-6
Thurrock 4,000 24 +/-7
Torbay 2,000 19 +/-7
Tower Hamlets 8,000 25 +/-8
Trafford 5,000 20 +/-6
Wakefield 9,000 22 +/-6
Walsall 5,000 17 +/-6
Waltham Forest 3,000 10 +/-6
Wandsworth 2,000 6 +/-6
Warrington 4,000 18 +/-6
Warwickshire 8,000 15 +/-6
West Berkshire 1,000 7 +/-5
West Sussex 13,000 18 +/-6
Westminster 5,000 18 +/-9
Wigan 8,000 22 +/-6
Wiltshire 5,000 11 +/-6
Windsor and Maidenhead 3,000 20 +/-7
Wirral 7,000 21 +/-6
Wokingham 2,000 10 +/-5
Wolverhampton 7,000 24 +/-6
Worcestershire 8,000 14 +/-6
York 3,000 10 +/-5
(1 )Number less than 500

Note:

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 1,000.

Base: 16-24 year olds

Source:

2009 Annual Population Survey

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