Stat of the day: 1.026m

The number of young people not in education, employment or training.

by James Taylor
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
The total number of UK NEETs has climbed back above the 1m mark again, meaning that we’re almost back to the highest point reached during the worst of the recession. If there is a recovery happening, its effects are clearly not permeating across the generations – and this could be a recipe for all kinds of social problems further down the line. With youth unemployment still stubbornly high, the future must look grim for many of those who have just left school or college – particularly since a recent CBI survey found that 70% of employers think action is required to improve the employability of school leavers. Otherwise, they’re going to keep falling through the cracks. "This transition period is crucial and needs a renewed focus if we're ever to achieve a NEET solution," says Shaks Ghosh, chief exec of The Private Equity Foundation (a NEET-focused charity).

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