NEET

In 2022, 6.6% of people aged 15-24 were not in education, employment or training

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In 2022, 6.6% of people aged 15-24 were not in education, employment or training

6.6% is the percentage of young people aged 15 to 24 that are neither in employment nor in education or training (NEET indicator). This rate was 7.4% in 2021 and, if we go back to the year 2000, it was 17.7%.

The NEET indicator is 7.5% among men and 5.5% among women.

With 9.1%, Brussels has the highest NEET rate, followed by Wallonia with 8.4% and Flanders with 4.9%.

Belgium
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Percentage of young people (15-24) not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Belgium 2000 2005 (a) 2010 2015 2020 2021 (c) 2022
Total 17.7% 13.0% 10.9% 12.2% 9.2% 7.4% 6.6%
Men 15.6% 12.5% 10.8% 12.5% 9.8% 8.2% 7.5%
Women 19.9% 13.5% 10.9% 11.8% 8.6% 6.6% 5.5%
(a) Due to a modification of the variables on education and training, the results are not fully comparable to the previous years.
(b) Break in the results following a considerable reform of the Labour Force Survey.
(c) Break in the results in 2021 due to the revision of the questionnaire.
Brussels-Capital Region
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Percentage of young people (15-24) not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Brussels-Capital Region 2000 2005 (a) 2010 2015 2020 2021 (c) 2022
Total 23.5% 17.8% 17.0% 17.5% 11.3% 9.7% 9.1%
Men 23.3% 15.9% 17.0% 16.8% 11.1% 10.6% 11.5%
Women 23.7% 19.5% 17.0% 18.2% 11.4% 8.8% 6.8%
(a) Due to a modification of the variables on education and training, the results are not fully comparable to the previous years.
(b) Break in the results following a considerable reform of the Labour Force Survey.
(c) Break in the results in 2021 due to the revision of the questionnaire.
Flemish Region
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Percentage of young people (15-24) not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Flemish Region 2000 2005 (a) 2010 2015 2020 2021 (c) 2022
Total 13.9% 10.3% 7.5% 9.5% 7.3% 6.0% 4.9%
Men 12.3% 9.7% 7.5% 10.0% 8.0% 6.7% 5.4%
Women 15.6% 10.9% 7.4% 8.9% 6.6% 5.3% 4.4%
(a) Due to a modification of the variables on education and training, the results are not fully comparable to the previous years.
(b) Break in the results following a considerable reform of the Labour Force Survey.
(c) Break in the results in 2021 due to the revision of the questionnaire.
Walloon Region
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Percentage of young people (15-24) not in education, employment or training (NEET)

Walloon Region 2000 2005 (a) 2010 2015 2020 2021 (c) 2022
Total 22.7% 16.2% 14.6% 15.0% 11.7% 9.0% 8.4%
Men 19.3% 16.2% 14.4% 15.4% 12.3% 10.0% 9.9%
Women 26.1% 16.1% 14.9% 14.5% 11.1% 8.0% 6.9%
(a) Due to a modification of the variables on education and training, the results are not fully comparable to the previous years.
(b) Break in the results following a considerable reform of the Labour Force Survey.
(c) Break in the results in 2021 due to the revision of the questionnaire.

Labour Force Survey (LFS)

Purpose and brief description

The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a socio-economic sample survey of households. Its main objective is to classify the working age population (15 and older) into three groups (employed, unemployed and inactive people) and to provide descriptive and explanatory data on every category. This survey is also carried out in the other EU Member States and is coordinated by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In Belgium, the LFS is organised by Statbel of the FPS Economy. The objective is to gather comparable information at European level, in particular as regards employment and unemployment rates as defined by the International Labour Office (ILO), but also to collect and disseminate data that are otherwise not available, for example about the mobility of workers, the reasons for working part-time, the various forms of temporary employment, the profession, the educational level of the working age population, etc.

Population

Members of private households aged 15 or older.

Sample frame

Demographic data from the National Register

Data collection method and sample size

In the first interview data are collected face to face. Since 2017, there are three shorter follow-up surveys to which households respond online or by telephone.

Households with only inactive people older than 64 can also be interviewed by telephone.

Every year, about 47,000 households receive a letter asking them to take part in this survey.

Response rate

The response rate is +75 %.

Periodicity

Quarterly.

Release calendar

Results available +/- 3 months after the reference period

Forms

Definitions

Unemployed (ILO): According to the criteria of the International Labour Office, the unemployed include all people aged 15 years and over who: a) were without work during the reference week b) were available for work, i.e. were available for paid employment or self-employment within two weeks after the reference week c) were actively seeking work, i.e. had taken specific steps during the last four weeks including the reference week to seek paid employment or self-employment, or who had found a job to start within a maximum period of three months.

Employed population (ILO): The employed comprise all people aged 15 and over who during the reference week performed some work for at least one hour for wage or salary, or for profit, or who had a job but were temporarily absent. For example, one can be temporarily absent for holidays, illness, technical or economic reasons (temporary unemployment),....Family workers are also included in the category ‘employed’. The employed are divided into three groups according to their professional status:

NEET : Not in Education, Employment or Training. Jeunes (15-24 ans) qui ne travaillent pas et ne suivent ni enseignement ni formation.

Metadata

Methodology of the surveys

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