Young not in employment, education or training


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An increasing percentage of young people outside the production and educational process of the Country     


For several years attention has been given at the European level to young people who are no longer in education/training but who are not in employment either: Neets (Not in Education, Employment or Training). In this group of young people, prolonged lack of contact with the labour market or education system may lead to the risk of greater difficulty in regaining access to it. In 2013, in Italy over 2,435 thousand young people (26.0 percent of the population aged between 15 and 29) were outside the education and employment circuit. The percentage of Neets was higher among women (27.7 percent) than men (24.4 percent). After a period in which the phenomenon had recorded a slight fall (between 2005 and 2007 it had fallen from 20.0 to 18.9 percent) the incidence of Neets began to grow again during the recent downturn; the indicator recorded the highest increase in recent years (+2.1 percentage points over the previous year).



Comparisons at European level

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Comparisons at regional level

icona Young Neet (15-29 years) by sex and region

icona Young Neet (15-29 years) by region

icona Young Neet (15-29 years) (3D)

Time series

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Definitions used

The indicator identifies the percentage of the population aged 15-29 who is neither in employment nor in education or training, which means any kind of school/university education and any kind of training activity (regional vocational training courses, other types of vocational training courses, other training activities such as seminars, conferences, private tuition, language courses, computer courses, etc.), with the sole exception of “informal” learning activities such as self-study. Accordingly, not only young people who are in regular (so-called “formal”) learning activities are excluded from Neet status, but young people involved in so-called “non-formal” learning activities as well. The aggregate includes not only inactive people not willing to work (whose number is growing in recent years), but also young people seeking or available to work. National and regional data are provisional as they are not adjusted on the results of the 2011 population census.


Istat, Rilevazione sulle forze di lavoro

Eurostat, Labour force survey


Istat, Rapporto annuale, 2014

Eurostat, Europe in figures - Yearbook: Labour market

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