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UK youth unemployment: behind the statistics

by on June 2, 2016

This story in the Guardian reports on research by Impetus PEF which has produced a ‘Youth Jobs Index’ that contests the official government statistics regarding NEETs: those young people not in employment, education and training.  The Guardian reports that Impetus PEF use the Learning and Work Institute’s analysis of the same base data from Labour Force Survey and found “an average of 1.3 million 16- to 24-year-olds, or 17% of the age group, spend six months Neet. That contrasts with official figures showing that in the final three months of 2015, 11.8% of young people were Neet”.  This difference is said to be due to the cross-sectional or ‘snapshot’ approach used in the official ONS statistics which contrasts with the view over three years used for the Youth Jobs Index.  The Impetus PEF website provides a walk-through of the findings, although personally I found this a rather frustrating presentation format. These are planned to be updated annually and it will be interesting to see how trends vary from the ONS figures.  Overall though a very interesting take on a key statistic and useful analysis to consider further.

From → Age at work news

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