The number of ‘ninis‘, young people aged 16 to 29 who neither study nor work, were 982,900 at the end of 2019 in Spain, which meansthe smallest figure since 2005, the first with data from the National Institute of Statistics (INE), and the first time it falls from the million in this historical series.
According to data from theINE Active Population Surveycorresponds to the last quarter of 2019 collected by Europa Press, last year’s figure represents a decrease of 30,500 compared to 2018, when 1,013,400 ‘ninis’ were counted in Spain. Of the 982,900 young people who neither worked nor studied in Spain in 2019, 496,100 are women and 486,700 are men.
However, not all autonomous communities register a decrease in their number of unemployed young people who do not study either.In Ceuta and Melilla it grew 35.3%during 2019, while in Asturias it increased by 17.7% and in Aragon by 15.7%. Murcia, the Basque Country Extremadura, Catalonia, Andalusia and Galicia also worsened their data compared to 2018.
By cons, inLa Rioja the number of ‘ninis’ fell 32.2%during 2019, and 28.5% in the Community of Madrid, the two regions that experienced the greatest declines. Navarra, Comunitat Valenciana, Castilla y León, Cantabria, Canarias and Castilla-La Mancha have also improved their figures.
In this way,Andalusia remains the community with the youngest without working or studying,253,200 in total. It is followed by Catalonia with 162,000, Comunitat Valenciana with 94,500 and Comunidad de Madrid with 87,000.
The INE also collects data on the number of young people between 16 and 29 years of age who study and work, also known as ‘yes-yes’ youth as opposed to children. In 2019 there were 734,200 in total, the highest figure since 2010, and almost 20,000 more than in 2018.