12.5% of young Estonians didn’t work or study in 2015 ({{commentsTotal}})

According to Statistics Estonia, 12.5% of people aged 15 to 29 did not work or study last year. Nearly a third of them were unemployed, and two thirds otherwise inactive.

Compared to 2014, this number declined by 4,400, or 13%. In the last 15 years the number of young people in this risk group decreased by 26,000, or almost 50%, statistician Heidy Roosimägi wrote on the blog of Statistics Estonia.

The most popular reason given was the need to take care of children or other family members. In 2015 this share was at 43% at around 12,500 of inactive young people. The number of members of this age group officially on parental leave was 9,700, of whom 6,600 were 25 to 29 years old.

Of all inactive young people, about 12% were reported as chronically ill or disabled, the highest rate in the past 15 years.

13.8% of the group were young people with primary or basic education, 12.3% had secondary education, and 10% had completed a higher degree.

Editor: Editor: Dario Cavegn



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