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    DfE today (25 May) published their NEET statistics quarterly brief: January to March 2017.

    Main points for January to March 2017:

    • There were 800,000 young people (aged 16 to 24) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET), a decrease of 28,000 from October to December 2016 and down 68,000 from a year earlier.
    • The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET was 11.2%, down 0.4 percentage points from October to December 2016 and down 0.8 percentage points from a year earlier.
    • 42% of all young people in the UK who were NEET were looking for work and available for work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and therefore classified as economically inactive.

    The data comes from:

    • DfE’s 16 to 18 participation statistical first release (SFR)
    • the labour force survey (LFS)
    • regional NEET figures

    The publication includes:

    • extra tables with NEET estimates by region and gender from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) for:
      • 16- to 24-year-olds
      • 18- to 24-year-olds
      • 19- to 24-year-olds
    • extra tables with national NEET estimates from the LFS for all age groups
    • extra tables with NEET estimates from the LFS by age and gender and labour market status

    Labour market status refers to people who are:

    • employed
    • unemployed
    • inactive (have not sought work in the last 4 weeks and/or are not available to start work in the next 2 weeks)

    They also released estimatesstimates of young people (aged 16 to 24) who are not in education, employment or training, by age and sex.

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