This report, published in March 2012, provides some additional analysis and highlights some of the issues around the quality of the data, given that it comes from a sample survey (the Annual Population Survey), for which reason we do not include the information within our regular outputs.

First published:
6 March 2012
Last updated:

Key findings

  • Just under a fifth of young people are NEET.
  • Males are more likely to be NEET between 16-18, females are more likely between 19-24.
  • Authorities with the highest estimates of young people who are NEET are largely (although not entirely) within South East Wales.
  • The reasons for being NEET vary by gender and age, with over half of females aged 19-24 who are NEET, economically inactive due to family or other caring responsibilities.
  • Qualification levels are lower amongst those who are NEET.
  • The proportion of young people who are NEET is higher amongst those with a disability.

Rachel Lloyd

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Further analysis of data related to young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)
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