Sharp fall in number of young people NEET
The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England has fallen to its lowest level for the July to September period since 2007, according to official figures.
The quarterly figures show a fall of 136,000 young people NEET compared to the same period last year, continuing a general downward trend under this government since 2011.
According to the figures, the proportion of 16- and 17-year-olds in education and training this quarter was up 2 percentage points compared to 2013 at 86.5%, the highest comparable participation rate since consistent records began in 2000. This trend reflects the government’s raising of the participation age to ensure young people stay in education or training beyond the age of 16.
It was also revealed that the number of 19- to 24-year-olds who are NEET and who have been unemployed for more than 6 months decreased by 68,000. Those unemployed for less than 6 months fell by 55,000 compared to figures from July to September 2013.
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