We have collated a number of statistics relating to some of the key issues facing young people in the North East region:
- A report by the Prince’s Trust says the number of unemployed 16-25 year-olds claiming benefits in the North East has gone up almost 300% in the past five years.
- In England, the North East, West Midlands and North West have the highest proportion of 16-24 year olds who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
- More than one in five young people in the North East have experienced symptoms of mental illness as a direct result of unemployment.
- Research by the Intergenerational Foundation says the North East is the worst place in the UK to be young, because of high levels of unemployment and low levels of engagement with national politics.
- North East England has the highest rates of self-harm among people aged 10 to 19 in Northern England and double the number in London.
- The North East has seen the biggest rise in child poverty levels in the whole of the UK, figures in a report published by End Child Poverty reveal.
- In the region, 56.8 per cent of pupils achieved five or more grades A*–C at GCSE level or equivalent including English and mathematics in 2010/11, compared with 58.4 per cent for England as a whole.