Millions of US, EU youth are neither working nor learning | Pew Research Center

More than six years after the Great Recession ended, almost 10.2 million teens and young adults in the U.S. are neither working nor in school.

Source: Millions of US, EU youth are neither working nor learning | Pew Research Center

sometimes referred to as “disconnected” or “detached” youth, globally those young people often are called “NEETs” – because they are neither employed nor in education or training.

Although NEET rates rose both in the U.S. and the EU during and after the crisis, they jumped higher but have fallen faster in the U.S. By contrast, many EU countries’ NEET rates remain well above pre-crisis levels. (While similar, the U.S. and EU measures aren’t directly comparable – in part because the EU begins tracking young people’s labor-force participation at 15 rather than 16, and also because apprenticeships and other workplace-based training is more common in Europe than in the U.S.)

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