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OECD report shows sharp rise in numbers of marginalised young men

More than 20 percent of young Finnish men are not in training, education or employment, up from from 12 percent in 2005. That's according to a new report from the OECD, which found that a similar rise is not evident among young women.

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Young men are increasingly falling between the cracks and ending up outside the labour market. Image: Henrietta Hassinen / Yle

Finland is sixth in an OECD ranking of countries by the number of young men who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs). Some 21.1 percent of Finnish men aged 20-24 fall into that category. The number has leapt up in recent years, from just 12.2 percent in 2005.

The figures are not replicated among young women. In 2005 13.9 percent of young women fell into the NEET category, and ten years later that stood at 15.4 percent.

In all, some 18.3 percent of 20-24-year-old Finnish youth were in the NEET category, compared to an OECD average of 17 percent.

In addition to Finland, the increase in NEEts was above five percent in Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal and Spain. That's despite a so-called 'youth guarantee' signed into law three years ago, which supposedly gives under-25s the right to a job, study-place, work placement or job-related training.

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