Sustainable Development Goals - 17 Goals to Transform our World

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

Indicator 8.6.1: Proportion of youth (aged 15–24 years) not in education, employment or training

 Percent of US population 16 to 24 years who are not enrolled in school and are either unemployed or not in the labor force

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This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from US statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from US statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other US-specific metadata information.

Actual indicator available Percent of population 16 to 24 years who are not enrolled in school and are either unemployed or not in the labor force
Actual indicator available - description Percentage of civilian noninstitutional population 16 to 24 years who are not enrolled in school and are either unemployed or not in labor force
Date of national source publication Early 2017
Method of computation
Periodicity Annual
Scheduled update by national source Annual data for 2017 will be available in early 2018
U.S. method of computation Source: Current Population Survey (CPS) - a monthly national sample household survey. Technical Documentation and Methodology: https://www.bls.gov/cps/documentation.htm Indicator = 100*(16 to 24 years, Not Enrolled in School, Unemployed or Not in the Labor Force)/(Total, 16 to 24 years)
Comments and limitations https://www.bls.gov/cps/documentation.htm#reliability There was a major redesign to the Current Population Survey beginning in 1994, so data for earlier years are not strictly comparable to those from 1994 onward. (https://www.bls.gov/cps/revisions1994.pdf)
Date metadata updated November 2017
Disaggregation geography
Unit of measurement Percent
Disaggregation categories
International and national references
Time period 1994-2016
Scheduled update by SDG team

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name Proportion of youth (aged 15-24 years) not in education, employment or training
Target name By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training.
Global indicator description The NEET is defined as the percentage of youth (15-24 years old) who are not in employment and not in education or training.
UN designated tier 1
UN custodial agency ILO
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Organisation U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics / Current Population Survey
Agency Staff Name BLS Division of International Technical Cooperation staff
Agency Survey Dataset U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics / Current Population Survey
Notes LABSTAT Series IDs: LNU00022967, LNU00023016, LNU02023016
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