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, ILOSTAT database. Data retrieved in November 2017.

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Trinidad and Tobago 52.50 2013
2 Yemen 44.80 2014
3 India 43.10 2012
4 Samoa 37.90 2012
5 Senegal 36.20 2015
6 Côte d'Ivoire 36.00 2016
7 Armenia 35.60 2015
8 Botswana 35.50 2009
9 Iran 34.40 2010
10 The Gambia 34.00 2012
11 Namibia 33.40 2016
12 Albania 32.80 2015
13 Kenya 32.40 1999
14 South Africa 31.20 2016
15 Pakistan 30.40 2015
16 El Salvador 29.90 2015
17 Bangladesh 28.90 2016
18 Comoros 27.90 2004
19 Moldova 27.80 2015
19 Honduras 27.80 2016
21 Papua New Guinea 27.70 2010
21 Sri Lanka 27.70 2014
23 Egypt 27.60 2016
24 Guatemala 27.30 2016
25 Palau 27.20 2000
26 Congo 26.50 2005
27 Bosnia and Herzegovina 26.40 2016
28 Panama 26.30 2016
29 Macedonia 24.30 2016
29 Liberia 24.30 2010
29 Timor-Leste 24.30 2013
32 Turkey 24.00 2016
33 Nepal 23.40 2008
34 Brazil 23.20 2016
35 Indonesia 22.50 2016
36 Belize 22.40 2016
37 Philippines 22.20 2016
38 Dominican Republic 21.90 2015
39 Lebanon 21.30 2007
39 Mali 21.30 2014
41 Algeria 21.20 2015
42 Costa Rica 20.70 2016
43 Mongolia 20.40 2016
43 Nigeria 20.40 2013
43 Kyrgyz Republic 20.40 2016
46 Colombia 20.20 2016
47 Benin 20.00 2012
47 Niger 20.00 2011
49 Italy 19.80 2016
50 Argentina 19.70 2014
51 Mexico 19.60 2016
52 Venezuela 19.20 2010
53 Fiji 19.10 2014
54 Uruguay 18.70 2016
55 Myanmar 18.60 2015
56 Ecuador 18.40 2016
57 Bulgaria 18.20 2016
58 Serbia 18.10 2016
59 Ukraine 17.60 2015
60 Romania 17.40 2016
61 Brunei 17.20 2014
62 Croatia 16.90 2016
62 Peru 16.90 2016
64 Paraguay 16.80 2015
65 Montenegro 16.50 2015
65 United States 16.50 2012
67 Saudi Arabia 16.10 2015
68 Cyprus 16.00 2016
69 Greece 15.80 2016
70 Israel 14.90 2016
70 Tanzania 14.90 2014
72 Bolivia 14.60 2015
72 Thailand 14.60 2016
72 Spain 14.60 2016
75 Ireland 13.00 2016
76 Zambia 12.90 2008
77 Cambodia 12.70 2012
78 Slovak Republic 12.20 2016
78 Chile 12.20 2014
80 Belarus 12.10 2009
81 New Zealand 12.00 2016
81 Russia 12.00 2015
83 New Caledonia 11.80 2014
83 France 11.80 2016
85 Malaysia 11.70 2016
86 Togo 11.50 2011
87 Latvia 11.20 2016
88 Ghana 11.10 2013
89 Hungary 11.00 2016
90 United Kingdom 10.90 2016
91 Cameroon 10.80 2010
92 Portugal 10.60 2016
93 Poland 10.50 2016
94 Canada 10.20 2016
95 Mozambique 10.10 2012
95 Sierra Leone 10.10 2014
97 Angola 10.00 2011
98 Finland 9.90 2016
98 Belgium 9.90 2016
100 Kazakhstan 9.50 2016
101 Lithuania 9.40 2016
102 Estonia 9.10 2016
103 Australia 8.70 2016
104 Malta 8.50 2016
105 Slovenia 8.00 2016
106 Austria 7.70 2016
107 Switzerland 7.00 2016
107 Czech Republic 7.00 2016
109 Germany 6.70 2016
110 Hong Kong SAR, China 6.60 2015
111 Sweden 6.50 2016
112 Guinea 6.20 2002
112 Burundi 6.20 2014
114 Uganda 5.90 2013
115 Denmark 5.80 2016
116 Luxembourg 5.40 2016
116 Norway 5.40 2016
118 Lao PDR 5.10 2010
119 Macao SAR, China 5.00 2016
120 Netherlands 4.60 2016
120 Rwanda 4.60 2014
122 Iceland 4.10 2016
123 Singapore 4.00 2016
124 Madagascar 3.80 2012
125 Japan 3.50 2016
126 Nicaragua 1.40 2014
127 Ethiopia 1.10 2012
128 Vietnam 0.60 2016
129 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