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16,000 young people in Northern Ireland not in work, employment or training

8.1% of all those aged between 16 and 24 in Northern Ireland were classified as NEET. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA
8.1% of all those aged between 16 and 24 in Northern Ireland were classified as NEET. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA

There are 16,000 young people across Northern Ireland who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), new figures have revealed.

Statistics from the Department for the Economy show that, from January to March this year, 8.1% of all those aged between 16 and 24 were classified as NEET. More than half (9,000) were female.

This figure has been gradually declining over the years, from a peak of 39,000 in early 2015, and is below the level for the whole of the UK, 10.3%.

A total of 12,000 young people classed as NEET were also not actively looking for work, while the remainder were trying to gain employment.

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