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Northern Ireland Labor Force Survey – Young people not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Statistics on young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) have been released today by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

NEET Statistics

Young NEETs

  • There were around 15,000 young people aged 16-24 in Northern Ireland who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) from April to June 2022. This equates to 7.5% of all young people aged 16 to 24 in NI. The proportion of young NEETs in the UK was 9.8%.
  • Of the 15,000 people aged 16 to 24 who were NEET from April to June 2022, 8,000 were men and 7,000 women. This equates to a NEET rate of 8.2% for men and 6.8% for women.
  • The number of NEETs decreased compared to the previous quarter and during the year (by 1,000 and 11,000 respectively). The variation over the year is statistically significant.
  • From April to June 2022, an estimated 11,000 young people aged 16 to 24 were not in education, employment or training and were not looking for work and/or were not available to start working (economically inactive). The rest of those not in education, employment or training were looking for work in the previous four weeks and were available to start in the following two weeks (unemployed).

Notes to Editors:

1. In June 2022, the Labor Force Survey estimates were reweighted from January-March 2020 to January-March 2022 to include new population weights using real-time PAYE information and with the introduction of adjustment for non-response bias to Northern Ireland data. This version includes revisions to NI NEET data between January and March 2020 and between January and March 2022 in Table 2.40. An overview of the impact of reweighting on NI estimates of unemployment, employment, and economic inactivity is available on the NISRA website.

2. The Young people without education, employment or training (NEET) tables provide information on the labor market situation of 16-24 year olds. The tables are published in February, May, August and November and the figures are taken from the Labor Force Survey (a household survey).

3. A person is considered to be in education or training if any of the following apply –

  • They are enrolled in an education course and are always present or are waiting for the term to (re)start.
  • They are learning
  • They are in a government-supported employment or training program
  • They are working or studying for a qualification
  • They have taken job-related training or education in the last four weeks.

4. Employed includes all persons engaged in some form of paid work, including part-time. People without work are classified as unemployed or economically inactive. Unemployed are those who have looked for work in the past four weeks and are available to start work within the next two weeks. Economically inactive people are those who have not looked for work and/or who are not available to start working. Examples include those who are not looking for work because they are students or caring for dependents at home. These definitions are based on those recommended by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

5. The number of NEET people decreased compared to the previous quarter and over the year, where the change over the year was statistically significant. The Labor Force Survey (LFS) is a sample survey and, as such, the estimates derived from it are subject to sampling variability. If we were to draw multiple samples, each would give a different result. Quarterly changes should be considered in longer term trends.

6. NEET statistics based on the Labor Force Survey will be of interest to policymakers, government agencies, business community, banks, economic commentators, academics and the general public with an interest in the local economy.

7. Figures are rounded to the nearest thousand and therefore may not add up.

8. The next quarterly NEET tables will be published on the NISRA website on November 24, 2022.

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Economic and Labor Market Statistics Service (ELMS), or Tel: 028 9025 5176.

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