The number of 16 to 17-year-old girls not in education, employment or training (Neet) has risen by 6,000 in the last three months of last year compared to the same period in 2013.
Figures for the period from October to December were released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing that 59,000 16 to 17-year-olds in the UK were considered to be Neet.
It was down 7,000 from the same period in 2013.
The number of 16 to 17-year-old boys has dropped by 13,000 – from 39,000 (5.1 per cent) in October to December 2013 to 26,000 (3.4 per cent) in the same period last year.
However the numbers for girls were not as encouraging, rising from 27,000 (3.7 per cent) to 33,000 (4.5 per cent).
In total, 963,000 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK were considered to be Neet.
The figure was 8 per cent down on the 1,041,000 Neets recorded for October to December 2013. However, the 2014 figure represented a 1 per cent increase on the 954,000 Neets recorded the previous three months.
The next ONS Neet statistics are due to be released on May 21.