Levels of youth unemployment across the EU28 rose by just over 2% between 2010 and 2013 according to statistics from the European Youth Monitor.
The numbers of young people aged 15-29 out of work stood at 20.6% in 2010, while by 2013 the figure was 22.7%.
However, education and training indicators present a more positive picture with levels of early leaving from education and training on a downward trend across the EU28 as a whole.
The European Commission’s European Youth Monitor provides a range of information relating to young people. The data shows progress against a range of key indicators at both EU28 and individual Member State levels on matters of social inclusion, culture and creativity, health and wellbeing, youth participation and voluntary activities.
Rise in long-term unemployment
Rates of long term youth unemployment showed a significant rise between 2010 and 2013. The figure for young people out of work for more than 12 months across the EU rose from 6% to 7.9%.
Meanwhile, numbers of young people not in education, employment or training (NEET) have also risen, from 15.2% in 2010 to 15.9% in 2013.
Improvements in early leaving
However, levels of early leaving from education and training fell by almost 2% from 13.9% in 2010 to 12% in 2013.
Levels of low achievement in mathematics are also falling, from 24.1% in 2006 to 22.1% in 2012. Positive trends are also evident in relation to low levels of reading over the same period (falling from 23.1% to 17.8%) and science (falling from 20.3% to 16.6%).
The statistics also show that numbers in tertiary education and those who have completed at least an upper secondary education are on the rise (from 33.6% to 36.9% and 79.2% to 81% between 2010 and 2013 respectively).
While progress against the education and training indicators is positive, the data on employment and social inclusion in particular shows that there remains much to do in terms of supporting young people across Europe.
Along with rising unemployment, numbers of young people at risk of poverty and suffering ‘severe deprivation’ are also on the rise (18.1% to 19.4% and 9.7% to 11.7% between 2010 and 2012 respectively).