Lowest levels of NEET's since 2005

New figures show that the proportion of young people aged 16 to 24 not in education, employment or training (NEET) is at the lowest comparable level since 2005 - with the percentage of teenagers NEET at its lowest since records began.

The figures, published by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Education (DfE), show that for England in the first quarter of 2014 (January to March) compared to the same period in 2013:

  • there are 774,000 16- to 24-year-olds who are NEET (13.1 per cent) - this is down 135,000 (2 percentage points) on last year, and is the lowest rate for this quarter since 2005
  • there are 122,000 16- to 18-year-olds NEET (6.7 per cent) - this is down 29,000 (1.5 percentage points) on last year, and is the lowest since comparable data began in 2001
  • there are 652,000 19- to 24-year-olds NEET - this is down 105,000 (2.3 percentage points) on last year, and is the lowest since 2008

The figures also show that 94.2 per cent of 16- and 17-year-olds are participating in education and training, which is the highest comparable participation rate since consistent records began in 2001.

Further information is available here.