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Unemployment and Neets


Youth unemployment has been a significant concern to politicians, journalists and those that work with young people and has been rising steadily since 2008.  


NEET figures include include those who are long term sick, carers and those who are termed economically inactive. This graph illustrates clearly that the long term trend has been increasing year on year since 2000 with only two years of decrease in 2007 and 2008.  




An interesting UK map of unemployment claimants aged 16-24 was recently published by The Guardian.


  • In 2008 if you were male you were more likely to be NEET but the recession has reversed this trend and in 2011 young women overtook young men and are 15 more likely to be NEET 
  • Young people who are of Black Caribbean ethnicity are 1.4 times more likely to be NEET compared to White young people. (21% compared to 15%)
  • Disabled young people are over twice as likely to be NEET if disabled (28% compared to 13%)
  • A young person is 1.8 times less likely to be NEET if their parents have a higher professional background compared to young people whose parents have a lower professional status (5% compared to 9%)
  • A young person who is permanently excluded from school is more than 3 times more likely to be NEET (41% compared to 13%)
  • Young parents are also at more risk of becoming NEET and this is twice as likely if they are female and had a child by the age of 19 than if they were male and fathered a child at the same point - 69% and 36% respectively.


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