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Education and training numbers rise, but Neets still top the million mark
The number of 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training - commonly referred to as "Neet" - has dropped by 136,000 since this time last year, according to the Department for Education (DfE).
That's a fall of two percentage points, welcomed by the government.
But it still means that approximately 17% of 16-24-year-olds were, up to September this year, without college places or jobs, which, according to the government, is still too high, despite the drop.
Figures show that those over the age of eighteen have been affected the worst, with 19.6% of 19-24-year-olds not in work, education or training this past summer.
A DfE spokesman says: "There is no room for complacency as the number of young people who are Neet is still too high. We will continue to tackle this.
"We are spending a record £7.5bn on education and training for 16- to 19-year-olds. We are also spending over £3.8bn on adult further education, with an increased focus on young people and the unemployed.
"Our Youth Contract is also providing a range of extra targeted support for 16- and 24-year-olds who are Neet to help get them back on track.
"Our reforms will create a world-class education system that will equip young people properly for both higher education and skilled, sustainable employment."
Despite the improvement, employers, unions and politicians agree that more needs to be done to help young people.
O2 Chief Executive Ronan Dunne says about young people that they "are the future fuel of our economy but many businesses are failing to capitalise on their skills which will help drive our future growth."
But even though the number of young people not in work, education or training is still over the million mark, it's still lower than in 2005 when Labour were in power, and much lower than during the1980s under the Conservatives.