Number of 'Neets' aged 19 to 24 hits a new high
Richard Garner has been Education Editor of The Independent for 12 years and writing about the subject for 34 years. Before becoming a journalist, he worked as a disc jockey in London pubs and clubs and for a hospital radio station. His main hobbies are cricket (watching these days) and theatre. On his days off, he is most likelt to be found at Lord’s or the King’s Head Theatre Club.
Thursday 25 August 2011
Almost one million 16 to 24-year-olds don't have a job and aren't in training or education either, according to figures released yesterday.
They show there are 979,000 young people classified as "Neets" – not in employment, education or training. The figures, for the second quarter of 2011, are the highest for this time of year for five years – and 107,000 higher than for the same period last year.
The Prince's Trust youth charity said it was "deeply concerned" numbers were rising again. "Unemployment can have a brutal impact on young people, with thousands suffering from mental-health problems, self-loathing and panic attacks," said a spokesman. The figures are worst for 19 to 24-year-olds. For 16 to 18-year-olds there is a slight drop but almost one in 10 (around 186,000) are Neets.
Truancy figures published yesterday showed a drop from 1.1 per cent in 2010 to 1 per cent of half days missed – or 65,000 pupils – because of unauthorised absence from school. Ministers called the figures "too high".
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