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More than 20,000 Northern Ireland young people not in work, education or training

21,000 young people not in work, education or training, new figures have shown. (Steve Parsons/PA)
21,000 young people not in work, education or training, new figures have shown. (Steve Parsons/PA)

There are 21,000 young people in Northern Ireland who are not in education, employment or training- newly published figures have revealed.

The statistics, published by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency, showed there was 21,000 young people aged between 16 and 24 who were not in any form of education, employment or training (NEET) between October and December 2018.

This is the equivalent of 10% of all people aged in this group.

Of the 21,000 who were NEET, 11,000 were male and 9,000 were female.

The number of NEETS has been on a general downward trend over the last five years and was 28,000 in October to December 2013.

In October to December 2018, there were 14,000 young people aged 16-24 years who were not in education, employment or training and who were not looking for work and/or not available to start work.

The remainder of those who were not in education, employment or training were looking for work in the previous four weeks and available to start within the next two weeks.

The proportion of young people who were NEET in the UK was 11%.

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