The number of people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England has fallen again and is now at its lowest level for a decade.
Government figures reveal a 0.7 percentage point year-on-year fall in the number of NEET 16 to 24-year-olds for the January-March 2015 period. The total proportion of this group registered as NEET is now 12.3 per cent.
During the same period, there was a 1.2 percentage point fall in the number of 19 to 24-year-olds classed as NEET to 14.7 per cent - a reduction of 47,000. This is the lowest comparable rate in ten years.
Although 16 to 18-year-olds who were NEET increased by 0.3 percentage points to 7.1 per cent, the figure remained lower than any year before 2014.
Skills minister Nick Boles said: "These record low rates of young people not in employment, education or training demonstrate that our economic plan is working."
The number of NEET youngsters has fallen by 174,000 since 2010, and the government has pledged to further tackle youth unemployment by creating three million new apprenticeships.
Posted by Alan Douglas