The number of 15-24-year-olds in Germany who are neither working nor in training is the lowest in the EU, official data for 2014 show, while Spain and Greece have the highest youth unemployment in the EU. Overall, the EU average rate of youth unemployment is 22.2%.
In Germany, there were 330,000 people aged 15 to 24 out of work in 2014, according to new figures released by Germany’s statistics office, Destatis. The office puts the rate of youth unemployment in Germany currently at 7.7%, the lowest in the EU, which also marks a significant drop from 15.5% in 2004.
In Spain, the rate stands at 53.2%, and in Greece it is 52.4%. Overall, the EU average is 22.2%.
In Germany, amongst the 330,000 young people registered as being out of a job, only 30% were in training.
In the last 10 years, the share of young people who are without a job and not in training in Germany, dropped to 6.4% from 10.9%. This figure lags behind Netherlands (5%), Luxembourg (6.3%) as well as Denmark (5.8%).
Italy, meanwhile, has the highest number of young people who are neither employed nor in training, making up 22.1% in that age group. Bulgaria, Croatia and Greece follow closely behind.
Here is a video which explains the issue of youth unemployment in Europe, as well as what the EU can do about it:
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