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Spain / 69 percent jump in NEETs between 2008 and 2011

The OECD’s ‘Education at a Glance 2013’ study, published on Tuesday, reveals that one in four Spaniards aged 15–29 who have completed tertiary education, such as vocational training or the Bachillerato, are NEET — or neither employed nor in education or training.

The 24.4 percent of young Spaniards who find themselves in this position was much higher than the OECD average of 15 percent.

More worryingly,  the 69 percent jump in Spanish NEETs between 2008 and 2011 was also considerably sharper than the 24 percent increase seen across the OECD as a whole.

NEETs are known in Spain as ‘ni-nis’ (ni estudian ni trabajan , or ‘neither working, nor studying’) and have been described as a ‘lost generation’, who have failed to find opportunities because of Spain’s economic crisis.

The OECD report also noted that young Spaniards aged from 15 to 29 “are expected to spend  more time in education (6.4 years) than in employment (5 years)”.

This remains, however, shorter than the OECD average of 7.1 years.

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor

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via Spain’s ‘lost generation’ give up work and study – The Local.

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