Drop in Neets figures for Scotland
- 3 July 2014
- From the section Scotland
There has been a significant fall in the number of teenagers in Scotland not in employment, education or training, according to official figures.
They suggest there were 29,000 so-called "Neets" last year - down from 33,000 the year before.
This is the lowest number since before the recession.
The Scottish government has a promise of a place in education or training for anyone aged 19 or under who does not have a job.
In the 12 months to November, the rates of 16-19 year olds who were not in employment, education or training decreased in all 32 local authority areas.
South Ayrshire, Midlothian and North Ayrshire showed the largest decreases, down 3.1%, 2.8% and 2.7% respectively, according to figures from Scotland's chief statistician.
The highest percentage of teenagers without employment, education or training in 2013 were in Clackmannanshire (11.8%), North Lanarkshire (10.3%) and West Dunbartonshire (10.1%).
A third (31%) of all Neets in Scotland were in the three local authorities with the highest total number of Neets - Glasgow, Fife and North Lanarkshire.
Since November 2008, the number of 16-19 year olds who were not in employment, education or training has decreased in all but three of Scotland's 32 local authorities.
South Ayrshire (3.3%) and North Ayrshire (3.2%) have had the largest decreases, with West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian also showing a decrease of 3.1%.
However, there was a 1.1% increase in South Lanarkshire and a 0.7% rise in East Renfrewshire, while the rate remained unchanged in North Lanarkshire.