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3. Employment & Entrepreneurship

3.11 Current debates and reforms

LAST MODIFIED ON: 25/11/2020 - 18:38

COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 on young people’s employment and education prospects has been a focus of public debate. In September 2020 the Office for National Statistics found the UK unemployment rate had risen to its highest level for two years. 

According to the Office for National Statistics, there were an estimated 765,000 young people (aged 16 to 24 years) in the UK who were not in education, employment or training (NEET) in April to June 2020; this was a decrease of 28,000 compared with April to June 2019 and was down by 6,000 compared with January to March 2020.

The percentage of all young people in the UK who were NEET in April to June 2020 was estimated at 11.1%; the proportion was down by 0.3 percentage points compared with April to June 2019 and down by 0.1 percentage points compared with January to March 2020.

Of all young people in the UK who were NEET in April to June 2020, an estimated 39.0% were looking for, and available for, work and therefore classified as unemployed; the remainder were either not looking for work and/or not available for work and were classified as economically inactive.