Young People: Unemployment

Department for Education written question – answered on 21st December 2017.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what the change has been in the number of young people aged 18 to 25 who are not in education, employment or training in the last five years.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education), Minister for Women

The department publishes quarterly estimates for young people who are not in education, employment or training in England, including a breakdown for those aged 18-24, here: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/neet-statistics-quarterly-brief-july-to-september-2017.

These estimates are based on age at the start of the academic year (academic age) and are not seasonally adjusted. Trends should be assessed by comparing the current time period with the same time period in the previous year to account for seasonal effects.

Alternatively, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publish quarterly estimates for the UK, also including a breakdown for 18-24 year olds, here:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment/datasets/youngpeoplenotineducationemploymentortrainingneettable1.

Note: unlike the department’s statistics, the headline ONS estimates are seasonally adjusted and are based on actual age.

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