Around one in six (16.5%) of young people aged 20-34 — corresponding to approximately 15 million young people — were neither in employment nor in education and training (NEET) in the EU in 2018, according to figures posted by Eurostat on Thursday.
In Cyprus, the share stood at 17.4% which is above the EU 28 average,with a higher rate among young women (20%) than young men (14.5%)
The share of people not in employment, education or training (the NEET rate) for those aged 20-34 varied considerably across the EU Member States in 2018.
The lowest NEET rates for people aged 20–34 in 2018 were in Sweden (8.0%), the Netherlands (8.4%), Luxembourg (9.9%) and Malta (10.1%).
In contrast, the highest NEET rates were recorded in Italy (28.9%) and Greece (26.8%). In these two Member States, more than a quarter of all young people aged 20–34 were neither in employment nor in education and training.
There is a considerable difference in the NEET rate between young women and young men. For women aged 20-34, the NEET rate in 2018 was 20.9%, compared with 12.2% for 20-34 year old men.
The source dataset can be found here.