More of England’s teenagers are leaving education without a job, government statistics show.
Annual figures show that last year 8.1% of 16 to 18-year-olds were not in education, employment or training (Neet).
That is up from 7.5% in 2010.
There was also a slight fall in in the proportion of teenagers in full-time education, which fell for the first time since 2001 – to 70.5%.
The government wants all young people up to the age of 18 to be participating in either education or training by 2015.
Neet figures are issued quarterly but these latest ones give an overview and compare what happened in 2010 with 2011.
They show there were 154,710 16 to 18-year-olds who were Neet last year, up from 146,430.