EU Dashboard - Youth

EU Dashboard

The EU Youth Strategy (2010-2018) seeks to promote better educational and job opportunities for young people, as well as active citizenship, social inclusion and solidarity. It places evidence-based policy making at the core of youth policy. According to the strategy, better knowledge and understanding of the economic and social situation of young women and men needs to be gathered and shared with other policy fields so as to enable appropriate and timely measures to be taken.

Therefore, a dashboard of EU Youth indicators was developed in order to provide a quick and comprehensive cross-sectoral view of the economic and social situation of young people in the EU. It includes data from several sources and covers the following topics:

  • Education and training
  • Employment and entrepreneurship
  • Health and well-being
  • Social inclusion
  • Culture and creativity
  • Youth participation
  • Volunteering
  • Youth and the world

The dashboard is the result of the extensive contributions and successful deliberations of the Expert Group on EU Youth Indicators and is presented in a Commission Staff Working Document on EU Indicators in the Field of Youth released in 2011. The indicators presented here are based on data from Eurostat.

Contextual indicators Data  Source
Child and youth population (0-14, 15-29 years) Eurostat, Demography
Ratio of young people in the total population (15-29 years) Eurostat, Demography
Estimated average age of young people leaving the parental household Eurostat, LFS
Education and training Data Source
Early leavers from education and training Eurostat, LFS
Tertiary education attainment Eurostat, LFS
Young people (20-24 years) having completed upper secondary education Eurostat, LFS
Young people learning at least two foreign languages Eurostat, UOE
Employment and entrepreneurship Data Source
Youth unemployment    
  • Youth unemployment rate
Eurostat, LFS
  • Long-term youth unemployment rate
Eurostat, LFS
  • Youth unemployment ratio
Eurostat, LFS
Young employees with a temporary contract Eurostat, LFS
Youth self-employed Eurostat, LFS
Young people not in employment and not in any education and training (NEET) Eurostat, LFS
Health and well-being Data Source
Daily smokers   Eurostat, EHIS
Obesity   Eurostat, EHIS
Crude death rate by suicide   Eurostat, Causes of death
Psychological distress   Eurostat, EHIS
Injuries following road accidents   Eurostat, EHIS
Social inclusion Data Source
At-risk-of-poverty or exclusion rate (union of the three sub-indicators below): Eurostat SILC
At-risk-of-poverty rate (sub-indicator 1) Eurostat SILC
Severe material deprivation rate (sub-indicator 2) Eurostat SILC
Young people living in households with very low work intensity (sub-indicator 3) Eurostat SILC
Self-reported unmet needs for medical care Eurostat SILC
Youth participation: use of Internet Data Source
Young people using Internet for interaction with public authorities Eurostat, ICT Survey

Young people using Internet for accessing or posting opinions on websites for discussing civic and political issues

Eurostat, ICT Survey