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CSO statistical release, , 11am

Educational Attainment Thematic Report

2019

Early school leavers and other persons aged 18-24 by labour market status, Q2 2019
 Labour market status (%)
 EmployedUnemployedInactive
Early school leaver272547
Other persons aged 18-2456836
All persons aged 18-2454936

Employment rates lower for early school leavers

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Early school leavers were less likely to engage in the labour market in Q2 2019. An early school leaver is three times as likely to be unemployed than another person aged 18-24 who is not an early school leaver. In Q2 2019, 25% of early school leavers were unemployed compared to 8% of other persons aged 18-24. Conversely, other persons aged 18-24 were twice as likely to be employed than early school leavers. See Figure 1.

Higher educational attainment levels are linked with higher employment rates. Persons aged 25-64 years old with a third level qualification are more than twice as likely to be employed (86%) than those with no formal education/primary education (40%) in Q2 2019. Conversely, those with no formal education/primary education were twice as likely to be unemployed (6%) than those with a third level qualification (3%). The proportion of those aged 25-64 years old with a third level qualification was 47% in Q2 2019, while one in twenty (5%) reported that they had primary education/no formal education. See Summary table.