Young People and Statistics


Thanks to Mary Hawes for this round up of some of the stats regarding young people that have been in the news over the last few days.

Youth and the labour market
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the latest labour market statistics.

  • In the three months to December 2013, there were 3.68 million 16 to 24 year olds in employment, up 49,000 on the previous quarter.
  • There were 917,000 unemployed 16 to 24 years olds, down 48,000 from the previous quarter (and down 58,000 on the same quarter in 2012).
  • The unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 19.9%, down 1.0 percentage points from the previous quarter.
  • The number of 16 to 24 years olds unemployed for over a year decreased to 257,000 (from 281,000) and the number unemployed for over two years remained 114,000.

Young people and social action
Think tank Demos has published Introducing Generation Citizen, a report on young people’s citizenship. Demos polled 1,000 14 to 17-year-olds and 500 of their teachers and found:

  • 56% of teachers thought that 14 – 15 year olds were more engaged in social issues than previous generations and 66% of teachers thought this about 16 – 17 year olds
  • 14 to 17-year-olds see themselves as less engaged with traditional politics than previous generations, however 84% said they intended to vote upon turning 18
  • 81% of 14 to 17-year-olds considered that they were negatively presented in the media and this was having an adverse impact on their lives with 85% saying that negative stereotypes affected employment opportunities

Young people
The Department for Education has published a summary of the initial findings from the ‘Our future’ study. ‘Our future’ follows young people’s lives over a number of years to see how and why changes happen. The initial findings, following a survey of young people 13 to 14, show:

  • 29% of boys and 41% of girls strongly agreed that they work hard in school
  • 68% of boys and 60% of girls said it matters a lot to them to have a job which pays well and. 49% of girls and 31% of boys said that they wanted a job where they help people
  • 79% of boys and 80% of girls use Facebook and 31% of boys and 45% of girls use Twitter

Mental health
The BBC and online journal Community Care have used Freedom of Information requests to find out about under-18s with mental health problems in England being treated on adult psychiatric wards. They found:

  • 350 under-18s have been admitted so far to adult mental health wards in 2013-14, compared with 242 in 2012-12
  • 12 under-16s have been admitted so far in 2013-14, compared with three in 2011-12
  • of 18 NHS trusts that provided out-of-area placement data, 10 had sent children more than 150 miles away for care.



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