Youth not in employment, education or training

In 2017, 12.1% of people aged 18 to 24 in Belgium were not in employment, education or training. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must be reduced. This objective will be reached by continuing the trend since 2000. The proportion of youth not in employment, education or training is therefore developing favourably.

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Youth not in employment, education or training - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged 18-24

 20002005201020122015201620172017//20002017//2012
Belgium18.616.214.315.015.513.112.1-2.5-4.2
EU28--16.316.617.215.815.214.3---3.6
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2001 BE, 2003 EU, 2006, 2011 BE

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_21, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Youth not in employment, education or training, by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18-24

 20002005201020122015201620172017//20002017//2012
females21.116.914.414.815.212.811.3-3.6-5.3
males16.115.614.215.215.713.312.9-1.3-3.2
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2001, 2006, 2011

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_21, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Youth not in employment, education or training, by education - Belgium

percentage of population aged 18-24

 20002005201020122015201620172017//20002017//2012
less than primary, primary and lower secondary education6.76.56.66.66.45.25.0-1.7-5.4
upper secondary and post-secondary non-tertiary education10.17.96.26.56.96.35.3-3.7-4.0
tertiary education1.91.81.51.92.21.61.8-0.3-1.1
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2001, 2006, 2011, 2014

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), European Union Labour Force Survey (EU-LFS), edat_lfse_21, https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

UN target: 8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.

UN indicator: the selected indicator corresponds to indicator 8.6.1 - Proportion of youth (aged 15-24 years) not in education, employment or training.

Sources

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

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