OECD: 29 percent of young people in Turkey are not in work or school

The Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published its Education at a Glance report 2020, which shows Turkey still has the most young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) in the OECD.

With its new report, the OECD scrutinised the education situation for young people across the orgnisation’s member states. According to the report, the proportion of young people not in school or work in Turkey between 15-29 years of age is 28.8 percent. 

Although Turkey showed the second biggest improvement in the number of young people who were NEET in the last 10 years (after Israel), Turkey still has over twice the average for OECD countries, 13 percent. 

According to the 2019 report, the proportion of the 15-29 age group who were NEET decreased by 10.8 percent in the last 10 years in Turkey. Turkey was followed in the NEET rankings by Italy and Colombia who both had 23.7 percent. Among OECD members, the country with the lowest NEET rate was Luxembourg with 5.5 percent.

Last year, 41 percent of the population in this age group were enrolled in school and 31 percent were in work. In the last 10 years, the proportion of those going to school has increased by 10 percent, while the proportion of young people in employment has remained stable.

In the 20-24 age range, 46.1 percent of the youth were neither going to school nor to work in 2009, while this rate decreased to 33.3 percent in 2019.

The report did not contain data on this issue for South Korea and Japan.

Meanwhile, Thursday's figures show the country's unemployment rate climbed to 13.4 percent in the three months to July even after the government barred companies from firing workers.

You can read the OECD report here.