Record number of Italian NEETS

31.1% of 20-to-24-yr-olds, worst in Europe

(ANSA) - Brussels, August 11 - A whopping 31.1% of Italians between the ages of 20 and 24 neither work nor study, a category commonly referred to as NEETs (Not in Employment, education or training). The percentage is the worst in Europe, noted the EU statistics institute Eurostat, which published the study on youth unemployment as part of World Youth Day.
    Italian NEETs have risen by 50% in 10 years, the institute said, from 21.6% in 2006. Those between age 15 and 29 total 17% of the population at the EU level, Eurostat noted, dividing the EU youth into three age groups of five years each for the purposes of the study: 15-19, 20-24 and 25-29. In the 15-19 age group, 78.5% are studying only, 11.3% study and work at the same time, 3.7% work and NEETs total 6.3%.
    Among those between age 20 and 24, some 33% study, 16.9% study and work, 32.6% work and NEETs total 17.3%. Between age 25 and 29, 8.2% of EU youth are still studying, 13.5% are working and studying, 58.5% work and NEETs total 19.2%.


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