126. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Taoiseach the number of young persons in the State aged 15 to 29 years of age classified as not in employment, education or training, NEETs; the percentage of NEETs as a proportion of the total unemployed here; and the corresponding EU average rate. (Question 26432/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017)

The Taoiseach: The Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) is the official source of estimates of unemployment (International Labour Organisation - ILO) in the State. The latest annual (average) unemployment data available for Ireland is for 2016.

The table below shows, for Ireland, the number of persons between 15-29 years of age classified as, not in employment, education, or training (NEET) and the total number of those classified as NEET being unemployed (ILO) for the years 2015 and 2016. The table also includes for Ireland the percentage share of all unemployed persons aged between 15 and 29 years represented by those classified as NEET above.

The most recently available annual unemployment data for the EU28 is for 2015.

Unemployed persons aged 15 - 29 years classified as NEET, 2015 and 2016

Unemployed (ILO) persons aged 15 - 29 years 2015 2016
Total number of persons aged 15-29 years classified as NEET - Ireland (‘000)1 135.6 121.3
of which: NEET (unemployed) - Ireland (‘000) 59.4 48.1
Total number unemployed persons aged 15-29 years - Ireland (‘000) 68.5 58.7
Percentage share of total unemployed persons aged 15-29 years
represented by those classified as NEET for the same age group - Ireland 86.7% 81.9%
Percentage share of total unemployed persons aged 15-29 years
represented by those classified as NEET for the same age group - EU28 75.9% :

Source: Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), Central Statistics Office, Ireland and Eurostat.

Data may be subject to future revision.

Data may be subject to sampling or other survey errors, which are greater in respect of smaller values or estimates of change.

1 Includes persons who are unemployed and active.

: Not available at time of issue.