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The share of young people who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (the so called NEETs) rose in most OECD countries as a result of sweeping job losses in the wake of the economic crisis. In 2015, the number of NEETs OECD-wide stood at 40.0 million, over two-thirds of whom were not actively looking for work (inactive NEETs). Spain, Italy and Greece experienced a second recession in 2011-12, and the share of employed youth is only just leveling out. Other countries – such as Estonia, Hungary and Iceland – have already recovered, or are on their way to recovering, their pre-crisis levels of youth employment.
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Country
Total NEET, %, 2015
Unemployed NEET, %, 2015
Inactive NEET, %, 2015
Youth employment, %, 2015
Australia AUS 11.8 3.7 8.1 65.5
Austria AUT 10.5 4.8 5.7 62
Belgium BEL 15.2 7 8.2 41.3
Canada CAN 12.6 5 7.6 63.8
Switzerland CHE 8.6 3.9 4.7 70.3
Chile CHL 19* 5* 14* 42.1
Czech Republic CZE 12.1 4.3 7.8 46.8
Germany DEU 8.8 3.1 5.7 57.7
Denmark DNK 10.4 3.8 6.7 61.5
Spain ESP 22.7 15.2 7.5 36.1
Estonia EST 12.9 4 8.9 54.8
Finland FIN 13.7 6 7.7 52.6
France FRA 16.6 8.9 7.8 43.2
United Kingdom GBR 13.6 5 8.6 62.8
Greece GRC 24.7 17.8 6.9 28
Hungary HUN 15.8 5.7 10.1 42.6
Ireland IRL 17.1 7.5 9.6 43.3
Iceland ISL 6.2 2.2 3.9 76.8
Israel ISR 13.8* 3.9* 10* 53.7
Italy ITA 26.9 11.4 15.5 30.5
Japan JPN 10.1 3.3 6.8 55.2
Korea KOR 18* 3* 15.1* 41.5
Luxembourg LUX 8.4 4.3 4.1 48.5
Latvia LVA 14.7 6.9 7.7 52.2
Mexico MEX 22.1 3.4 18.8 48.6
Netherlands NLD 7.8 2.9 4.9 68
Norway NOR 8.6 2.9 5.8 60.1
New Zealand NZL 13.3 4.6 8.7 60.8
Poland POL 14.9 6.5 8.4 45
Portugal PRT 15.1 9.5 5.6 39.5
Slovak Republic SVK 17.3 8.9 8.4 42.3
Slovenia SVN 13 7.7 5.3 45.9
Sweden SWE 9.5 4.7 4.8 56.3
Turkey TUR 29.8 6 23.8 42.6
United States USA 14.4 3.9 10.5 58.4
OECD OECD 14.6 5.9 8.7 51.4
European Union EU 14.6 7.1 7.5 48.2