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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Yemen 69.70 2014
2 Trinidad and Tobago 59.50 2013
3 Pakistan 53.60 2015
4 Iran 47.60 2010
5 Bangladesh 47.00 2016
6 Côte d'Ivoire 46.40 2016
7 Guatemala 45.80 2016
8 Senegal 42.80 2015
8 El Salvador 42.80 2015
10 The Gambia 42.60 2012
11 Honduras 42.20 2016
12 Botswana 42.10 2009
13 Namibia 38.60 2016
14 India 37.60 2012
15 Sri Lanka 37.20 2014
16 Samoa 37.00 2012
17 Kenya 36.60 1999
18 Egypt 35.70 2016
19 Armenia 34.80 2015
20 South Africa 33.90 2016
21 Turkey 33.50 2016
22 Comoros 32.60 2004
22 Belize 32.60 2016
24 Algeria 32.10 2015
25 Albania 31.80 2013
26 Mali 31.70 2014
27 Niger 31.40 2011
28 Mexico 30.50 2016
29 Philippines 29.20 2016
30 Congo 29.10 2005
30 Indonesia 29.10 2016
32 Papua New Guinea 29.00 2010
32 Liberia 29.00 2010
32 Kyrgyz Republic 29.00 2016
35 Dominican Republic 28.60 2015
36 Brazil 28.50 2016
37 Colombia 28.00 2016
38 Palau 27.60 2000
39 Fiji 27.30 2014
39 Lebanon 27.30 2007
41 Ecuador 26.70 2016
42 Timor-Leste 26.50 2013
43 Costa Rica 26.20 2016
44 Saudi Arabia 25.90 2015
45 Venezuela 25.70 2010
45 Benin 25.70 2012
47 Myanmar 25.20 2015
48 Macedonia 25.10 2016
49 Moldova 24.80 2015
50 Bosnia and Herzegovina 24.70 2016
51 Argentina 24.50 2014
52 Nepal 24.40 2008
53 Paraguay 23.50 2015
54 Nigeria 23.40 2013
55 Mongolia 22.40 2016
56 Uruguay 22.20 2016
56 Bolivia 22.20 2015
58 Romania 20.80 2016
59 Ukraine 20.50 2015
60 Peru 20.00 2016
61 Thailand 19.60 2016
62 Italy 19.50 2016
63 Bulgaria 19.40 2016
64 Brunei 19.30 2014
65 Tanzania 19.00 2014
66 Serbia 18.70 2016
67 United States 17.40 2012
68 Cyprus 16.90 2016
69 Panama 16.60 2016
69 Chile 16.60 2014
71 Zambia 16.40 2008
72 Cameroon 16.00 2010
73 Israel 15.80 2016
74 Togo 15.70 2011
74 Greece 15.70 2016
76 Malaysia 15.20 2016
76 Cambodia 15.20 2012
78 Croatia 14.60 2016
79 Russia 14.50 2015
80 Spain 14.10 2016
81 Belarus 13.80 2009
82 Slovak Republic 13.70 2016
83 Hungary 13.40 2016
84 Ghana 13.30 2013
85 New Zealand 13.20 2016
86 Ireland 12.70 2016
87 Mozambique 12.40 2012
88 New Caledonia 12.20 2014
88 Angola 12.20 2011
90 France 11.70 2016
91 Estonia 11.60 2016
92 United Kingdom 11.50 2016
93 Poland 11.10 2016
94 Sierra Leone 10.60 2014
95 Portugal 10.30 2016
96 Malta 10.20 2016
97 Latvia 9.70 2016
97 Belgium 9.70 2016
99 Finland 9.20 2016
100 Australia 9.10 2016
101 Canada 9.00 2016
102 Lithuania 8.80 2016
103 Czech Republic 8.60 2016
104 Uganda 8.40 2013
105 Montenegro 7.60 2015
106 Germany 7.40 2016
106 Austria 7.40 2016
108 Slovenia 7.00 2016
109 Hong Kong SAR, China 6.70 2015
110 Switzerland 6.40 2016
111 Sweden 6.10 2016
112 Burundi 6.00 2014
113 Lao PDR 5.90 2010
113 Guinea 5.90 2002
115 Luxembourg 5.70 2016
116 Rwanda 5.50 2014
117 Singapore 5.10 2016
117 Denmark 5.10 2016
119 Norway 4.90 2016
120 Japan 4.60 2016
121 Netherlands 4.40 2016
122 Macao SAR, China 4.30 2016
122 Madagascar 4.30 2012
124 Iceland 3.60 2016
125 Nicaragua 1.70 2014
126 Ethiopia 1.60 2012
127 Vietnam 0.60 2016
128 Qatar 0.00 2016

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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. When data 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.

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual