Northern Ireland Labour Force Survey – Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) – Department for the Economy

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Date published: 25 November 2021
Statistics on young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET) were published today by the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency (NISRA).
Young people who were NEET
1. The Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) tables provide information on the labour market status of 16-24 year olds. The tables are published in February, May, August and November and the figures are obtained from the Labour Force Survey (a survey of households).
2. The new topic paper on Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) in NI 2020, which was also released on 25th November 2021, can be accessed at the NISRA website.
3. A person is considered to be in education or training if any of the following apply –
4. In employment includes all people in some form of paid work, including working part-time. People not in employment are classed as either unemployed or economically inactive. Unemployed people are those who have been looking for work in the past four weeks and who are available to start work within the next two weeks. Economically inactive people are those who have not been looking for work and/or who are not available to start work. Examples include those not looking for work because they are students or looking after dependents at home. These definitions are based on those recommended by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
5. The number who were NEET decreased from the previous quarter and over the year, neither change was statistically significant. The LFS is a sample survey and, as such, estimates obtained from it are subject to sampling variability. If we drew many samples, each would give a different result. Quarterly changes should be considered within longer term trends.
6. NEET statistics based on the Labour Force Survey will be of interest to policy makers, public bodies, the 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 sum.
8. The next NEET quarterly tables will be published on the NISRA website on 24th February 2021.
9. Follow NISRA at @NISRA
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13. Feedback is welcomed and should be addressed to: Responsible statistician, Holly McAteer, Economic & Labour Market Statistics Branch (ELMS), or Tel: 028 9025 5176.
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