Youth Jobs Index

Progress in tackling youth unemployment has ground to a halt. Our second Youth Jobs Index has found that more young people are spending 12 months or more not learning or earning.

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The government’s quarterly snapshot of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) has been showing a steady decline since 2012. Our research, compiled by The Learning and Work Institute for Impetus-PEF, using the government’s Labour Force Survey data, gives a fuller picture of both how long young people are out of education and employment for and how likely they are to get into a job having been NEET.

Nearly 2 million young people between 16-24 spend some time NEET, with 1 in 10 young people (811,000) spending over a year NEET, an increase on the 714,000 young people we found in this situation last year. Being long-term NEET has negative consequences. Those affected experience poor mental and physical health and earn less over their lifetime.

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