The number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in England has reached its lowest level for more than eight years.
Official figures released by the government show that declines have occurred across all age ranges. The number of people in the 16 to 24 age group registered as NEET is at its lowest level since 2007, while the rate for 16 to 18-year-olds is the lowest since records began in 2000.
Skills minister Nick Boles said: "With a return to NEET levels not seen since before the economic crisis, today’s figures provide yet more evidence that our long term economic plan is working."
The number of 16-year-olds NEET for the Oct-Dec period has almost halved since 2010, while the 16 to 24 age range has seen a fall of 146,000.
Another statistic revealed by the latest figures is that the number of unemployed 19 to 24-year-olds NEET fell by 86,000 compared to the same quarter in 2013.
Posted by Charlotte Michaels