According to iNews, more than one in 10 (11.5 per cent) of people aged 16 to 24 were Neet in the period covering April to June, according to data published on Thursday by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). In total, 792,000 young people were classed as Neet, an increase of 28,000 from the period covering January to March this year, and up 14,000 when compared to April to June 2018.
Of all young people in the UK who were Neet, 42 per cent (330,000) were looking and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed, up 30,000 from the start of the 2019 and up 40 per cent year on year. The remainder were either not looking for work or were not available for work, making them “economically inactive”.
“With more than 790,000 young people not in education, employment or training it is vital that more young people have the opportunities to increase their skills and retrain, so we can drive up productivity and start to close local skills gaps,” said Cllr Mark Hawthorne, chairman of the LGA’s People and Places Board.
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