Not engaged in employment, education, or training

The proportion of young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) is commonly used as a measure of non-utilised youth labour potential [12]. Young people who are NEET are at risk of becoming disadvantaged or marginalised in the future [12-14]. How young people transition from education to employment can have major implications over their lifetime. The long-term impacts of becoming NEET include lower levels of earnings in later life, future unemployment, poorer physical and mental health, increased risk of teenage and early parenthood, insecure housing, homelessness, and involvement in crime [12]. NEET rates tend to follow a seasonal pattern reflecting the academic year.

This indicator presents the proportion of young people aged 15 and 24 who are not engaged in employment, education, or training (NEET).

The proportion of young people aged 15–24 years who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) in greater Christchurch peaked after the February 2011 earthquakes at 16.8 percent in March 2011. Then, as young people in greater Christchurch took advantage of rebuild and other opportunities, the NEET rate decreased steadily to 5.3 percent by mid-2016. However, by December 2017, the greater Christchurch NEET rate had increased to 9.8 percent (11.9% for New Zealand) and the figure suggests that the post-earthquake drop for NEET in greater Christchurch has now dissipated.

The gender gap evident in the greater Christchurch NEET data (Male 10.4% vs Female 9%; 1.4 percentage points difference, 2017) is now similar to New Zealand overall (≈3 percentage points difference for New Zealand). The dissipation of the gender gap seen in greater Christchurch in the initial post-earthquake years may reflect further shifts in the training and employment opportunities available during the ongoing earthquake recovery/rebuilding phase.

Data Sources

Source: Statistics New Zealand.
Survey/data set: Household Labour Force Survey to December 2017. Custom data request for greater Christchurch region.
Source data frequency: Quarterly.

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Updated: 28/08/2018