Youth unemployment debate

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On 17 January 2013, peers debated the use of online tools, including social media, to combat youth unemployment.

The debate was led by Conservative peer Lord Chadlington.

There were still more than a million young people not in education, employment or training (Neet) in England in September 2012, despite a dip in the numbers.

Some 17% of 16 to 24-year-olds were without jobs or college places in the three months to September 2012, according to official data.

This is down 136,000 or two percentage points on the previous year.

The government welcomed the fall but said the numbers remained too high.

Official statistics on 16 to 24-year-olds not in education, employment or training are published quarterly by the Department for Education.

The figures for those over school age (19 to 24-year-olds) were down on 2011 but higher than they were two years previously.

They showed that over-18s are worst affected - with almost a fifth of 19 to 24-year-olds (19.6%) classified as Neet this summer.

This figure was down from 21.5% last year but up from 18.6% in summer 2010.

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