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Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

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Further analysis of data related to Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET)

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.

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.


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