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Unemployment: Young People

Question for Department for Education

UIN 227331, tabled on 11 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many 16 to 18 year-olds in (a) Lancashire and (b) England were not in education, employment or training in each of the last two years.

Answered on

18 March 2015

Definitive national estimates of participation in education, training and employment for young people aged 16 to 18 are published by the Department for Education in a Statistical First Release each June. The latest estimate at the end of 2013 shows that the proportion of 16 to 18-year-olds not in education, employment or training (NEET) was at a record low.

These estimates cannot be broken down to local authority level. However, local authorities collect information on 16 to 18-year-olds who are NEET in each local authority area in England. This information, including data for Lancashire, is published annually on GOV.UK [1], and we will add figures for 2014 on 19 March. This local authority information shows a total number of 16 to-18-year-olds NEET in England of 100,930 at the end of 2012, and 92,170 at the end of 2013, showing a reduction of 8,760.

It should be noted that the total number of young people NEET in the local authority data is lower than that in the national estimates. This is because local authority records relate only to those young people whose activity is known to them and are therefore likely to exclude some young people who are NEET.