The Department for Education released figures on the current situation of employment among young people derived from Labour Force Survey. According to official figures, the number of people aged 18-24 who are not in employment, training or education has increased up to 18.4%. This is the highest figure published during the recent years. Last year this figure of neet was 16.3%.
The official figures have been changing during an academic year by reached the peak in the third quarter when studying at universities and colleges ended. Although the government tries to encourage the youth for education via apprenticeships, the number of neet is still growing. The figures are expected to drop as many young people would make attempts to enter universities as the institutions open in autumn.
The Prince's Trust youth charity is concerned over the raise of unemployment among the youth. A spokesman said: "We know that unemployment can have a brutal impact on young people, with thousands suffering from mental health problems, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks". He believes that the number neets "has been too high for too long".