The indicator on NEETs, young people neither in employment nor in education and training, refers to young people aged 15 to 24 who are (1) not employed or inactive and (2) have not received any education and training in the four weeks preceding the survey. Data are expressed as a percentage of the total population in the same age group.
The pie chart shows the 15-24 year-old population divided into four categories: the NEETs, those that are not employed but participate in formal or informal education or training (ET), those that are employed and not in ET, and those employed and in ET. The map shows the percentage of NEETs in the EU regions.
Youth unemployment and the proportion of NEETs are complementary concepts. The unemployment rate measures those who are out of work and, actively searching and are able to start working; it is based on the economically active population of 15–24 years-old as its denominator. By contrast, the definition of NEETs excludes those in employment, education or training, but may include some of the economically inactive; it is based on a denominator that covers all 15–24 year-olds.