A new study released May 25, 2021 shows that, at the start of the 2020/2021 school year, when faced with unprecedented youth unemployment and postsecondary education moving online, young women aged 17 to 24 responded by enrolling in postsecondary institutions at a higher rate than a year earlier. There was no increase among young men.

These decisions, which can be influenced by available resources and previous educational attainment, affected the proportion of youth who were not in employment, education, or training (NEET). The proportion of NEET youth is closely monitored, as these youth may be at increased risk of low income and social exclusion, particularly if the NEET situation persists over time.

Published By: Statistics Canada

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Click here to view the study: Gendered Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Proportion of Canadian Youth Neither in Employment Nor Education at Start of 2020/21 School Year

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