Understanding NEET (not in employment, education or training) youth
Young people who are not studying, in training or working make up the 'NEET' group.
The NEET indicator has been regularly published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development since the late 1990s, as NEET
youth are considered to be potentially at risk for economic and social difficulties.
Understanding and monitoring the NEET rate of young adults is important as it may be an indicator of potential problems in certain systems (education, labour market) or social trends among young adults, such as a change in the relative importance of work compared with time devoted to the family, travel, and volunteering.
Fascinating facts about NEET youth
- In 2017/2018, 73% of young Canadians aged 25 to 29 were out of school and employed, 12% were still in school and 15%, or 376,000 individuals, were not in employment, education or training
- NEET rates increase with age; young Canadians aged 25 to 29 years had a higher NEET rate (15%) than 15- to 19-year-olds (5%) and 20- to 24-year-olds (13%).
- Women are more likely than men to belong to the inactive NEET category
- The highest NEET rate for the 25-to-29 age group is due to a high proportion of inactive NEET women.
- In 2017/2018, 72% of the 246,700 inactive NEET individuals aged 25 to 29 said they did not want a job.