Sat, 22 Jan 2022

Statistics on young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) were published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA).

NEET statistics published by NISRA.

Young people who were NEET

  • There were an estimated 23,000 young people aged 16 to 24 years in Northern Ireland who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in July to September 2021. This was equivalent to 11.9% of all those aged 16 to 24 years. The proportion of young people who were NEET in the UK was 11.6%.

  • Of the 23,000 people aged 16 to 24 years who were NEET in July to September 2021, 13,000 were men and 10,000 were women. This is equivalent to a NEET rate for men of 13.0% and a NEET rate for women of 10.7%.

  • The number who were NEET decreased from the previous quarter and over the year, neither change was statistically significant.

  • In July to September 2021 there were an estimated 15,000 young people aged 16 to 24 years who were not in education, employment or training and who were not looking for work and/or not available to start work (economically inactive). The remainder of those who were not in education, employment or training were looking for work in the previous four weeks and available to start within the next two weeks (unemployed).

  • A new topic paper was also released today for those who were NEET, based on annual data up to 2020 and containing analysis of NEET statistics including gender, age and Local Government District.

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