Share of youth not in education, employment or training, male (% of male 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 Mali 98.00 2016
2 Venezuela 60.90 2012
3 India 48.00 2012
4 Trinidad and Tobago 46.10 2013
5 Samoa 38.80 2012
6 Armenia 36.40 2015
7 Panama 35.70 2016
8 Moldova 30.60 2015
9 Albania 29.30 2013
10 Senegal 28.70 2015
11 South Africa 28.60 2016
12 Botswana 28.50 2009
13 Kenya 28.10 1999
14 Bosnia and Herzegovina 28.00 2016
15 Namibia 27.90 2016
16 Palau 26.90 2000
17 Papua New Guinea 26.40 2010
18 The Gambia 23.80 2012
19 Côte d'Ivoire 23.70 2016
19 Congo 23.70 2005
21 Macedonia 23.60 2016
22 Comoros 22.70 2004
23 Nepal 22.20 2008
24 Timor-Leste 22.10 2013
25 Yemen 22.00 2014
25 Iran 22.00 2010
27 Italy 20.00 2016
28 Egypt 19.80 2016
29 Liberia 19.10 2010
30 Croatia 19.00 2016
31 Mongolia 18.70 2016
32 Brazil 18.20 2016
33 Nigeria 17.70 2013
34 Sri Lanka 17.50 2014
34 Serbia 17.50 2016
36 Bulgaria 17.10 2016
37 El Salvador 16.60 2015
38 Indonesia 16.10 2016
39 Lebanon 16.00 2007
39 Costa Rica 16.00 2016
41 Greece 15.90 2016
42 United States 15.60 2012
43 Dominican Republic 15.50 2015
43 Philippines 15.50 2016
45 Brunei 15.40 2014
45 Uruguay 15.40 2016
47 Spain 15.10 2016
47 Argentina 15.10 2014
49 Benin 15.00 2012
49 Cyprus 15.00 2016
51 Ukraine 14.90 2015
52 Turkey 14.50 2016
53 Romania 14.10 2016
53 Israel 14.10 2016
55 Peru 13.80 2016
56 Ireland 13.20 2016
57 Honduras 12.70 2016
58 Latvia 12.60 2016
59 Colombia 12.50 2016
60 Kyrgyz Republic 12.10 2016
61 France 11.90 2016
62 Belize 11.80 2016
63 New Caledonia 11.50 2014
64 Fiji 11.40 2014
65 Canada 11.30 2016
66 Myanmar 11.20 2015
67 Slovak Republic 10.90 2016
68 Algeria 10.80 2015
68 Portugal 10.80 2016
68 New Zealand 10.80 2016
71 Finland 10.70 2016
72 Tanzania 10.60 2014
73 Belarus 10.50 2009
74 United Kingdom 10.30 2016
74 Paraguay 10.30 2015
74 Cambodia 10.30 2012
77 Ecuador 10.20 2016
78 Bangladesh 10.00 2016
78 Lithuania 10.00 2016
78 Belgium 10.00 2016
78 Poland 10.00 2016
82 Thailand 9.80 2016
83 Russia 9.60 2015
84 Sierra Leone 9.50 2014
85 Zambia 9.20 2008
86 Slovenia 9.10 2016
87 Montenegro 8.90 2015
87 Hungary 8.90 2016
89 Ghana 8.70 2013
90 Mexico 8.60 2016
91 Malaysia 8.40 2016
91 Chile 8.40 2014
91 Australia 8.40 2016
94 Guatemala 8.20 2016
95 Austria 8.00 2016
96 Angola 7.60 2011
96 Switzerland 7.60 2016
98 Pakistan 7.40 2015
98 Mozambique 7.40 2012
100 Togo 7.20 2011
101 Sweden 6.90 2016
102 Estonia 6.80 2016
102 Bolivia 6.80 2015
102 Malta 6.80 2016
105 Guinea 6.60 2002
105 Niger 6.60 2011
105 Saudi Arabia 6.60 2015
108 Denmark 6.50 2016
109 Hong Kong SAR, China 6.40 2015
109 Burundi 6.40 2014
111 Germany 6.10 2016
112 Norway 5.80 2016
113 Macao SAR, China 5.60 2016
114 Czech Republic 5.50 2016
115 Luxembourg 5.10 2016
116 Netherlands 4.70 2016
116 Cameroon 4.70 2010
118 Iceland 4.60 2016
119 Lao PDR 4.30 2010
120 Rwanda 3.80 2014
121 Madagascar 3.30 2012
121 Uganda 3.30 2013
123 Singapore 2.80 2016
124 Japan 2.60 2016
125 Nicaragua 1.20 2014
126 Vietnam 0.60 2016
127 Ethiopia 0.40 2012
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