Share of youth not in education, employment or training, total (% of 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 Trinidad and Tobago 52.52 2013
2 Yemen 48.10 2010
3 Honduras 41.43 2010
4 Armenia 40.90 2013
5 Bangladesh 40.30 2013
6 Sudan 38.88 2008
7 Samoa 38.20 2012
7 Tajikistan 38.20 2007
9 Iran 34.35 2010
10 Namibia 32.01 2013
11 Tanzania 31.80 2013
12 South Africa 31.31 2014
13 Albania 30.54 2013
14 Guatemala 29.83 2013
15 Jamaica 28.80 2013
16 Moldova 28.64 2013
17 Zambia 28.30 2012
18 Belize 27.87 2012
19 Egypt 27.86 2013
20 India 27.18 2010
21 Tunisia 25.40 2013
22 Nicaragua 25.22 2005
23 Macedonia 25.15 2014
24 Turkey 24.79 2014
25 Philippines 24.78 2012
26 Jordan 24.60 2012
27 Indonesia 24.15 2013
28 Algeria 22.80 2014
29 Italy 22.04 2014
30 Colombia 22.01 2013
31 Dominican Republic 21.29 2013
32 Kyrgyz Republic 21.23 2013
33 Uruguay 20.51 2013
34 Bulgaria 20.24 2014
35 Mexico 20.00 2012
35 Benin 20.00 2012
35 Seychelles 20.00 2011
38 Ukraine 19.98 2014
39 Brazil 19.62 2013
40 Serbia 19.54 2013
41 Azerbaijan 19.52 2005
42 Croatia 19.33 2014
43 Venezuela 19.19 2010
44 Greece 19.15 2014
45 Singapore 18.90 2010
46 Korea 18.80 2011
47 Argentina 18.60 2012
48 Saudi Arabia 18.42 2013
49 Costa Rica 17.81 2012
50 Panama 17.58 2012
51 Spain 17.14 2014
52 Romania 17.01 2014
52 Cyprus 17.01 2014
54 Malawi 16.70 2012
55 United States 16.49 2012
56 Israel 15.70 2013
57 Peru 15.34 2013
58 Ireland 15.18 2014
59 Liberia 14.50 2012
60 Thailand 13.81 2014
61 Hungary 13.62 2014
62 Mali 13.47 2010
63 Canada 13.29 2013
64 Slovak Republic 12.80 2014
65 Paraguay 12.28 2012
65 Portugal 12.28 2014
67 Belarus 12.08 2009
68 Belgium 12.05 2014
69 Latvia 12.01 2014
70 Russia 11.99 2012
71 Poland 11.98 2014
72 United Kingdom 11.87 2014
73 New Zealand 11.86 2013
74 Chile 11.79 2010
75 Estonia 11.66 2014
76 Malta 11.44 2014
77 Cameroon 10.79 2010
78 France 10.66 2014
79 Bolivia 10.33 2009
80 Finland 10.17 2014
81 Mozambique 10.12 2012
82 Lithuania 9.91 2014
83 Australia 9.84 2012
84 Rwanda 9.58 2008
85 Slovenia 9.42 2014
86 Qatar 9.40 2009
87 Vietnam 9.34 2013
88 Nepal 9.20 2013
89 Togo 9.00 2012
90 Czech Republic 8.11 2014
91 Cambodia 7.80 2012
92 Austria 7.70 2014
93 Switzerland 7.27 2014
94 Sweden 7.16 2014
95 Hong Kong SAR, China 6.64 2013
96 Germany 6.36 2014
97 Luxembourg 6.26 2014
98 Uganda 5.91 2013
99 Iceland 5.81 2014
100 Denmark 5.78 2014
101 El Salvador 5.67 2013
102 Norway 5.47 2014
103 Macao SAR, China 5.27 2013
104 Netherlands 5.02 2014
105 Madagascar 5.00 2013
106 Japan 3.91 2013
107 Ecuador 3.80 2013
108 Mongolia 1.46 2013
109 Malaysia 1.15 2013
110 Ethiopia 1.12 2012
111 Sri Lanka 0.46 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.