Young People: North East

Education written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what comparative assessment he has made of the proportion of young people in the north-east and other regions who are not in education, employment and training.

Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Official estimates of the number and proportion of 16-18 year olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England are published by the Department in a statistical first release (SFR) each June and can be found on the Department's website:

http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001011/index.shtml

However, these estimates cannot be broken down to regional level.

We can estimate the number and proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET at a regional level using data collected by local authorities. The proportion of 16-18 year olds who were NEET in each region in England at the end of 2011 (November 2011-January 2012 average) is shown in the following table. Note that due to methodological differences, estimates for young people NEET based on local authority data tend to be lower than the official estimates for NEET in the SFR.

Proportion of 16-18 year olds NEET by region
  Percentage
North East 8.8
North West 7.1
Yorkshire and Humber 7.1
East Midlands 5.4
West Midlands 6.2
South West 5.7
East of England 6.0
London 4.5
South East 5.8
England 6.1
Source: Local authority data (CCIS)

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