Among the EU member states, Romania has the lowest

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Last year, 23% of 15- to 29-year-olds in formal education were employed, while 3% were looking for work and available to start work. However, the largest part of this group (73%) was out of the labor force (neither employed nor unemployed), according to the data published on Monday by the European Statistics Office (Eurostat).

Among the EU member states, the highest share of students and trainees aged between 15 and 29 in the formal education system, who were also employed, was recorded last year in the Netherlands (70%), Denmark (49 %) and Germany (42%), and the lowest in Romania (2%), Slovakia (4%), Hungary and Bulgaria (both 5%).

In 2021, the highest share of students and trainees aged 15-29 who were not working (meaning they were looking for a job and were available to start work while studying) was in Sweden (14%), Finland (9%) and the Netherlands (7%). On the other hand, less than 1% of students and trainees in this age group were not working in the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary and Croatia.

The share of women participating in formal education was higher than that of men, especially in the 20-24 age group (54% women versus 45% men).

Providing a good education to young people is an important objective, in fact it determines their future. How quickly young people make the transition from education to the labor market varies significantly among EU member states. In some countries, young people start working (eg part-time, weekend or student jobs) while still in the formal education system. These developments are determined by national education and training systems, as well as other factors, such as national labor market characteristics and cultural factors.