14% of young Spaniards neither study nor work
According to a recent report published by the Organization for Cooperation and Economic Development (OCDE) Spain is one of the countries with the highest number of young people who neither work nor study. The study looked at the situation of 16 – 24 year olds in 19 EU states and the US. Out of all the countries included in the study Spain came 4th in the list with 14% of its young people inactive (neither studying nor working).
The report said that Spain is one of the EU countries included in the study where the problem of inactivity amongst the young is most acute. It also said that 5% of young people who leave school at an early age get trapped into inactivity, another 20% get trapped in unemployment and that young people usually spend as long as 5 years after leaving education in inactivity.
The figure might even be higher now bearing in mind that the statistics were compiled in 2006 during a period of economic prosperity, that since then Spain has reached one of the highest levels in Europe of unemployment amongst the young (25% in 2008) and has one of the highest incidences of teenagers leaving education at an early age (30% which is almost double the average for the EU).