Share of youth not in education, employment or training, female (% of female youth population) - Country Ranking

Definition: Share of youth not in education, employment or training (NEET) is the proportion of young people who are not in education, employment, or training to the population of the corresponding age group: youth (ages 15 to 24); persons ages 15 to 29; or both age groups.

Source: International Labour Organization, Key Indicators of the Labour Market database.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Yemen 73.00 2010
2 Honduras 67.97 2010
3 Bangladesh 61.80 2013
4 Trinidad and Tobago 59.46 2013
5 Sudan 54.22 2008
6 India 53.89 2010
7 Tajikistan 49.83 2007
8 Iran 47.56 2010
9 Guatemala 46.42 2013
10 Armenia 42.64 2013
11 Tanzania 40.90 2013
12 Egypt 40.71 2013
13 Nicaragua 40.68 2005
14 Belize 38.44 2012
15 Samoa 37.50 2012
16 Turkey 34.98 2014
17 Jordan 34.80 2012
18 Algeria 34.70 2014
19 Zambia 34.20 2012
20 South Africa 33.89 2014
21 Jamaica 33.30 2013
22 Philippines 32.10 2012
23 Colombia 32.08 2013
24 Albania 31.75 2013
25 Indonesia 30.74 2013
26 Qatar 30.72 2009
27 Mexico 30.66 2012
28 Tunisia 29.90 2013
29 Kyrgyz Republic 29.54 2013
30 Saudi Arabia 29.38 2013
31 Dominican Republic 28.23 2013
32 Macedonia 26.79 2014
33 Panama 26.24 2012
34 Brazil 25.75 2013
35 Benin 25.70 2012
36 Venezuela 25.66 2010
37 Moldova 25.55 2013
38 Singapore 25.30 2010
39 Uruguay 24.61 2013
40 Malawi 24.20 2012
41 Argentina 24.10 2012
42 Azerbaijan 23.96 2005
43 Ukraine 23.93 2014
44 Costa Rica 23.54 2012
45 Italy 21.36 2014
46 Bulgaria 21.35 2014
47 Paraguay 20.31 2012
48 Korea 20.20 2011
49 Greece 19.61 2014
50 Serbia 19.58 2013
51 Peru 19.29 2013
52 Romania 18.79 2014
53 Thailand 18.51 2014
54 Chile 17.45 2010
55 United States 17.37 2012
56 Israel 16.84 2013
57 Bolivia 16.72 2009
58 Croatia 16.65 2014
59 Spain 16.24 2014
60 Cameroon 16.05 2010
61 Liberia 16.00 2012
62 Mali 15.75 2010
63 Ireland 15.44 2014
64 Hungary 15.31 2014
65 Cyprus 15.26 2014
66 New Zealand 14.98 2013
67 Russia 14.36 2012
68 Belarus 13.76 2009
69 Canada 13.17 2013
70 United Kingdom 13.10 2014
71 Malta 13.04 2014
72 Slovak Republic 12.84 2014
73 Latvia 12.78 2014
74 Nepal 12.60 2013
75 Mozambique 12.45 2012
76 Portugal 12.28 2014
77 Togo 12.00 2012
78 Poland 11.96 2014
79 Vietnam 11.76 2013
80 Estonia 11.57 2014
81 Belgium 11.49 2014
82 Rwanda 10.52 2008
83 Australia 10.49 2012
84 Lithuania 10.34 2014
85 France 10.31 2014
86 Cambodia 10.20 2012
87 Czech Republic 9.85 2014
88 Slovenia 9.17 2014
89 Finland 8.51 2014
90 Uganda 8.38 2013
91 Austria 7.43 2014
92 Madagascar 7.30 2013
93 Germany 7.23 2014
94 Sweden 6.79 2014
95 Switzerland 6.33 2014
96 Hong Kong SAR, China 6.15 2013
97 Iceland 5.54 2014
98 Netherlands 5.49 2014
99 Norway 5.39 2014
100 Denmark 5.36 2014
101 Japan 5.18 2013
102 Macao SAR, China 4.96 2013
103 Luxembourg 4.64 2014
104 El Salvador 4.22 2013
105 Ecuador 3.87 2013
106 Ethiopia 1.64 2012
107 Malaysia 1.40 2013
108 Mongolia 1.38 2013
109 Sri Lanka 0.69 2012

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Development Relevance: Unemployment and total employment are the broadest indicators of economic activity as reflected by the labor market. The International Labour Organization(ILO) defines the unemployed as members of the economically active population who are without work but available for and seeking work, including people who have lost their jobs or who have voluntarily left work. Some unemployment is unavoidable. At any time some workers are temporarily unemployed - between jobs as employers look for the right workers and workers search for better jobs. Such unemployment, often called frictional unemployment, results from the normal operation of labor markets. Youth unemployment is an important policy issue for many economies. Young men and women today face increasing uncertainty in their hopes of undergoing a satisfactory transition in the labour market, and this uncertainty and disillusionment can, in turn, have damaging effects on individuals, communities, economies and society at large. Unemployed or underemployed youth are less able to contribute effectively to national development and have fewer opportunities to exercise their rights as citizens. They have less to spend as consumers, less to invest as savers and often have no "voice" to bring about change in their lives and communities. Widespread youth unemployment and underemployment also prevents companies and countries from innovating and developing competitive advantages based on human capital investment, thus undermining future prospects. The NEET group is particularly at risk of both labour market and social exclusion, because this group is neither improving their future employability through investment in skills nor gaining experience through employment, . In addition, the NEET group is already in a disadvantaged position due to lower levels of education and lower household incomes. In view of the fact that the NEET group includes unemployed youth as well as economically inactive youth, the NEET rate provides important complementray information to labour force participation rates and unemploymenent rates. For example, if youth participation rates decrease during an economic downturn due to discouragement, this may be reflected in an upward movement in the NEET rate. More generally, a high NEET rate and a low youth unemployment may indicate significant discouragement of young people. A high NEET rate for young women suggests their engagement in household chores, and/or the presence of strong institutional barriers limiting female participation in labour markets.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data should be used cautiously because of differences in age coverage.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The standard definition of unemployed persons is those individuals without work in a recent past period, and currently available for and seeking for employment. But there may be persons who do not actively "seek" work because they view job opportunities as limited, or because they have restricted labour mobility, or face discrimination, or structural, social or cultural barriers. NEET rates capture more broadly untapped potential youth, including such individuals who want to work but are not seeking work (often called the "hidden unemployed" or "discouraged workers"). Youth are defined as persons ages 15 to 24; young adults are those ages 25 to 29; and adults are those ages 25 and above. However, countries vary somewhat in their operational definitions. In particular, the lower age limit for young people is usually determined by the minimum age for leaving school, where this exists.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual

General Comments: When NEET rates are available for more than two age groups in a given year, one value for persons ages 15 to 29 is taken, considering that not all people complete their education by the age of 24.