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Neet number climbs 5,000 to 853,000

Published 25/02/2016

There were 853,000 people aged from 16 to 24 in the UK who were classified as Neet in the final quarter of last year.
There were 853,000 people aged from 16 to 24 in the UK who were classified as Neet in the final quarter of last year.

The number of young people not in employment, training or education has increased by 5,000, new figures have shown.

There were 853,000 people aged from 16 to 24 in the UK who were classified as Neet in the final quarter of last year.

The figure was 5,000 higher than the previous three months, but 110, 000 down from a year earlier, said the Office for National Statistics.

A total of 11.8% of all young people were Neet, an increase of 0.1% over the quarter but down by 1.4% from a year earlier.

In the latest quarter there were 48,000 people aged 16 or 17 who were not in e ducation, employment or training, down 2,000 from July to September and by 11,000 from a year earlier.

There were 805,000 people aged from 18 to 24 who were Neet, up 7,000 from the previous quarter and down 99,000 from a year earlier.

Kirstie Donnelly, managing director of City & Guilds, said: ''It's worrying to see the number of young people not in education or training creep up after months of more positive news.

"The figures show that now more than one in every 10 teenagers is currently locked out of a path to the future."

The Education Department said the figure reached a record low for the time of year, pointing to the 100,000 fall over the past year.

Skills Minister Nick Boles said: " The continued fall in young people not in education, employment or training - leading to today's record low level - shows that we are delivering on this commitment.

"There is no room for complacency, though, and through our plans to deliver three million new apprenticeships by 2020 and our qualification reforms, we are determined to build on these excellent results."

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