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The Missing Million: Ten Facts about Youth Unemployment

Brmie Balaram

24 July 2012

We’ve compiled 10 facts about youth unemployment in the UK that illuminate the scope of the problem.  While unemployment amongst young people has been rising since the early 2000’s, it has now reached a point of crisis.  NEET (not in education, employment or training) young people and the long-term young unemployed are most at-risk of scarring, which is why policy responses urgently need to address the barriers faced by these particular groups. 

1. Over a million young people are unemployed

Amongst economically active young people, 19.8% of 18-24 year olds and 37.6% of 16-17 year olds are unemployed.

Source: Labour Force Survey, Jan-Mar 2012, via Lee et al. (2012).



2. Long-term youth unemployment has reached over a quarter of a million

264,000 young people have been out of work for 12 months or more as can be seen from the first quarter of 2012, which is up from 75,000 in 2001.

Source: Labour Force Survey, Jan-Mar 2012, via Lee et al. (2012).



3. Nearly one in every six young people is now NEET

Across the decade, the NEET rate average has grown from around 13% to more than 16% (up by nearly 300,000).

Source: Labour Force Survey: Department of Education, via Sissons and Jones (2012).



4. NEET young people are increasingly unlikely to have meaningful work experience

48% of NEETs have no experience of paid work; this figure has increased from 41% in 2001.

Source: Labour Force Survey, via Sissons and Jones (2012).



5. Poorer wellbeing and reduced confidence as a result of being out of work exacerbates the difficulties of entering employment

More than one in five NEET young people surveyed in 2009 reported they had lost the confidence to go to job interviews.

Source: Prince’s Trust YouGov Youth Index 2010.



6. Long-term young unemployed people are most likely to be poorly qualified

Nearly a quarter of long-term young unemployed people have no qualifications.

Source: Labour Force Survey, average of four quarters, 2011, via Lee et al. (2012).



7. Young men are considerably more likely to be unemployed than young women

62% of the total young unemployed cohort is male, and this proportion rises to 70% of long-term young unemployed people.

Source: Labour Force Survey, average of four quarters, 2011, via Lee et al. (2012).



8. Youth unemployment can reduce male individuals’ wages by between 13% and 21% by the age of 42

Source: Gregg and Tominey (2005).



9. The cost of youth unemployment over the next decade has been estimated at £28 billion

Source: ACEVO (2012).



10. Only 24% of employers recruit young people directly from education

Of those who take on graduates, 82% find them “well or very well prepared for work”, although this falls to 59% for those taking on 16 year-old school leavers.

Source: UK Commission’s Employer Skills Survey 2011: UK Results

Brhmie Balaram works on The Work Foundation’s Missing Million programme considers the causes of record youth unemployment and the measures to address it in the short and long-term.

The Missing Million programme is supported by Barclays,  Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), Private Equity Foundation and Trust for London



Comments in Chronological Order (Total 3 Comments)

Nathan Pearson - Smith

28 Jul 2012 4:10PM

Hi Brhmie, thanks for the info.

The stats and figures paint a bleak picture for young NEETS. It's worrying that young people are being discriminated against just because they are of a certain age group how can they get the skills they require to be employable without businesses willing to employ them? No. 7 stood out for me. I'm sure if we delve deeper into this problem I'm sure we'll find higher employment rates in ethnic minorities. We need great projects like the Missing Million to address these problems.

Twitter: @NathanPearsonWH

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