ALARMING figures released today by the Department for Education show more of Manchester’s teenagers are leaving education without a job.
Nationally last year (2011) 8.1% of 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment or training (NEET). That is up from 7.5% in 2010.
In Manchester it’s estimated the total number was 1,090 and the worrying statistics show the city is well above the national average, particularly in the 16-17-year-old age group.
Lucy Powell, Labour's parliamentary candidate for Manchester Central, said:
"Today's figures are another nail in the coffin of the Government's failed economic plan. Young people in Manchester are paying a huge price for the recession made in Downing Street - long term youth unemployment has more than doubled in the last year.
"Whether it is cutting support to stay in school, trebling tuition fees or ending face to face careers advice, this Government is hopelessly out of touch with the needs of the next generation.
"Labour's Jobs Guarantee would provide a job for all young people in the city who have been out of work for a year by ensuring bankers pay their fair share.”
1. NEET statistics are available by Local Authority for 16-18 year olds. 2011 is the most recent year for which data are available.
2011 estimated figures:
NEET aged 16
NEET aged 17
NEET aged 18
2. Figures released today by the Department for Education reveal that the number of young people classed as Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) has increased from 146,430 in 2010 to 154,710 in 2011. This is an increase of 8,280.
Source: Table 1: Participation of 16 to 18 year olds in education and training, England, end 2009, end 2010, end 2011 (provisional), page 22, http://www.education.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/SFR/s001072/sfr12-2012.pdf