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42% of Disabled Youth Not Earning or Learning

Forty-two percent of disabled youth not earning or learning

Key points

• The not in employment, education, or training (NEET) rate for disabled youth was over four times that of non-disabled youth.

• Only one-third of disabled youth participated in the labour force.

• Disabled youth were more likely than non-disabled youth to have no qualifications.

In the June 2017 quarter, 42.3 per cent of disabled youth aged 15–24 years were not in employment, education, or training (NEET) Stats NZ said today. This was more than four times the NEET rate of non-disabled 15–24 year-olds (10.0 percent).

NEET is made up of those who are:

• unemployed – not in education

• not in the labour force – not in education and caregiving

• not in the labour force – not in education and not caregiving.

The group that contributed the most to the higher NEET rate for disabled youth were those not in the labour force, not in education, and not caregiving (35.8 percent).

Labour force status for youth

The labour force participation rate is made up of those who are working and those who are unemployed, divided by the working-age population. The labour force participation rate for disabled people aged 15–24 years was 33.1 percent, well below that of non-disabled people in the same age group (61.1 percent).

Of those disabled people aged 15–24 years who were in the labour force, 39.7 percent were unemployed.

“Given the high rates of unemployment for both youth and disabled people, it’s not a surprise to see that the unemployment rate for disabled youth is so high, compared with the 4.6 percent unadjusted national rate,” labour and income statistics manager Sean Broughton said.

Highest qualification of youth by disability status

Disabled people were more likely than non-disabled people to have no qualification – 40.3 percent and 17.5 percent, respectively. This was also the case for those aged 15–24 years – 41.0 percent of disabled youth had no qualification, compared with 18.9 percent of non-disabled youth.

More information

In the June 2017 quarter, we began collecting data in the Household Labour Force Survey for people’s disability status. Doing this will allow us to report on different labour market outcomes for disabled people and non-disabled people in the June quarter each year.

See Labour Market Statistics (Disability): June 2017 quarter for more data.

For more information on labour market outcomes for disabled people see:

Disabled people twice as likely to be unemployed

Disabled employees earn nearly $200 a week less than non-disabled employees

One in five employed disabled people want to work more hours

Read Improving New Zealand disability data for more on how we are publishing new data about disabled people.


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