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The rate of early school leaving for the population aged 18 to 24 in Euskadi fell to 5.4% in 2017

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Euskadi registers one of the lowest leaving rates in the EU28

From the Basque Youth Observatory on this occasion we present data on early school leaving among young people aged 18 to 24, from the EUSTAT Survey on the Population in relation to Activity.

The leaving rate measures the population aged 18 to 24 who have completed nothing other than the first stage of secondary education and who are no longer in education or training during the four weeks prior to the completion of the survey. This is a fundamental indicator to measure the risk of social exclusion.

In 2017, the rate of early school leaving in Euskadi dropped to 5.4%. Between 2006 and 2017 this percentage dropped from 12.0% to 5.4% today. In addition, if in 2006 the gap between women and men was very significant (8.5% among women versus 15.0% among men), in 2017 that difference was reduced to 0.4%.

The early school leaving rate for the population aged 18 to 24 in 2017 in Euskadi, according to sex (%)

If we compare the Euskadi early school leaving rate with the EU28 member countries, we observe that the Basque Country's value (5.4%) is well below the EU28 average (10.6%) and that only four member states have a lower value (Croatia, Slovenia, Poland and Ireland).

The early school leaving rate for the population aged 18 to 24 in UE28 and Euskadi in 2017 (%)

The Europe 2020 Strategy is the EU's growth and employment agenda for the current decade. It emphasizes smart, sustainable and inclusive growth to improve Europe's competitiveness and productivity and support a sustainable social market economy.

To achieve this objective, the EU has adopted the objectives to be achieved by 2020 in five areas: Employment, Research and development, Climate change and energy, Education (where the rate of early school leaving is located) and Poverty and social exclusion.

These five objectives are measured by the set of Europe 2020 indicators disseminated by EUROSTAT for all EU countries and, in turn, are prepared for the Basque Country and disseminated by EUSTAT.


There are more indicators about Education in our website.

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