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ONS publishes statistics on young people in England and Wales

Jonathan Cailes

Major Works Manager


ONS publishes statistics on young people in England and Wales
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published a set of statistics on young people, including marriages, parenthood, labour market status, NEETs (not in education, employment or training), deaths due to drug misuse, crime and living with parents.

Most facts are related to those aged between 16 and 24.

The key findings are:

  1. 12% of the population in England and Wales were aged 16–24 in 2011, down from 16% in 1911
  2. In 2012, 14% of brides were under 25, compared with 76% in the late 1960s
  3. 4% of live births in 2013 were to mothers aged under 20, the same as in 1938
  4. The number of young people aged 16–24 in full-time education more than doubled between 1984 and 2013
  5. A young person’s labour market status partly depends on whether or not they are in full-time education
  6. 955,000 young people in the UK were NEET in 2014
  7. In 2013, 49% of 20–24 year olds in the UK lived with their parents, up from 42% in 2008
  8. Young people are more likely to be victims of crime than older people

Click here to read the full report "8 facts about young people".

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