More than a million young people in the UK are not in school, work or training, according to new figures.
In total, around one in six 16 to 24-year-olds are considered NEET – not in education, employment or training – although the numbers are falling, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Of those who were NEET, more than half were looking or available for work and were classed as unemployed.
The figures showed that overall, between July and September, 1.07 million young people were NEET, down 28,000 compared to the same point a year before, and down 19,000 from the previous three months. It means that around 14.9 per cent of all 16 to 24-year-olds were NEET, down 0.2 per cent on April to June and down 0.3 per cent on the year before.
The figures also show that 594,000 NEETs were considered to be unemployed, 9,000 more than in April to June.