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NEET stats rise in Colchester
11:32am Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
FRESH figures show an increase in the number of youths not in education, employment or training (NEET) in Colchester.
The figures, released by Department for Children Schools and Families, show an increase between June and July from 5.3 per cent of 16 to 19-year-olds falling into the bracket, to 5.4 per cent.
But the statistics also show there has been a drop in the actual number in the same period, from 294 to 291, which is offset by the number of teenagers who have turned 16.
The worst affected ward is St Andrew’s, in which 14.2 per cent of 16 to 19-year-olds are classed as NEET.
In St Anne’s, 11.1 per cent fall into the bracket, followed by New Town, with 10.1 per cent and Berechurch, with 7.6 per cent.
In Essex, there are 50,560 youngsters not in education, employment or training.
According to the statistics, the authorities with the highest number of NEETs in July are Basildon, with 6.7 per cent, Tendring, with 6.3 per cent and Colchester, with 5.4 per cent.