There are still 774,000 16-25 year olds who are ‘NEET’ but this is down 135,000 on last year.
The figures also show that 94.2% of 16- and 17-year-olds are participating in education and training, the highest comparable participation rate since consistent records began in 2001.
Skills and enterprise minister Matthew Hancock said:I am delighted to see that the number of young people not in education, employment or training is at its lowest level since 2005.
The figures released today show the progress being made to ensure that all young people are equipped with the skills that allow them to begin productive and prosperous careers.
“I am particularly pleased to see that the proportion of 16- to 18-year-olds who are NEET is at the lowest level since records began.