Youth unemployment

Youth Jobs Gap

It’s easy to assume that youth unemployment is yesterday’s problem. Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap shows it isn’t. Disadvantaged young people are twice as likely to not be in education, employment or training (NEET).

Read 'Youth Jobs Gap: Establishing the Employment Gap'.

Youth Jobs Index

Our annual Youth Jobs Index tracks how long young people are spending out of education and work and what happens to them next.

The government’s quarterly snapshot of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) has recorded a steady decline since 2012. Our research, compiled by The Learning and Work Institute using the government’s Labour Force Survey, gives a fuller picture of how long young people are out of education and employment and how likely they are to get into a job having been NEET.

Nearly two million young people between 16-24 spend some time NEET, with one in 10 young people (811,000) spending over a year NEET, an increase from 714,000 young people in 2016. Being long-term NEET has negative consequences. Those affected experience poor mental and physical health and earn less over their lifetime.

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Youth Jobs Gap: Establishing the Employment Gap

This first report from Impetus' Youth Jobs Gap series shows that there is an employment gap between disadvantaged young people and their better-off peers. This report draws on newly available government data to explore the employment outcomes of young people in England.

April 2019

Youth Jobs Index 2017

Progress in tackling youth unemployment has ground to a halt. Our second Youth Jobs Index has found that the number of young people spending over a year not earning or learning has increased.

June 2017

Youth Jobs Index 2016

More than a million young people are spending six months or more not earning or learning. This has a knock-on effect for the rest of their lives, reducing their choices and prospects.

May 2016