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Major increase in those working or studying in 15-29 age group

Government programs cited as the reason for the big turnaround from the period before 2010.

There are today more young people working or studying in Hungary, with a rate of improvement presently above the EU average per Eurostat, stated Bence Rétvári, vice president of the KDNP.

According to a report out of the EU Statistical Office, Hungary has seen a significant increase since 2010 in the number of those aged 15-29 who either study or work. In 2010, 17.7 percent of this age group were neither studying nor working in Hungary, while in 2018 this figure is just 12.9 percent, exactly in line with the EU average. However, while the number in this group not studying or working has fallen by a seventh in the EU, it has fallen more than a quarter in Hungary. 

Rétvári emphasized as well that Hungary has performed better than the EU average when you look at the data for those between 18 and 24 and those between 25 and 29.

The KDNP VP pointed out that the data suggest that current government policies on vocational training, higher education and job creation have led to such recent improvements, with young people more likely to engage in work or study than before 2010.

He also mentioned that today education is tailored to the needs of the labor market, offering young people many more opportunities to work and succeed in Hungary. Proving that the tables have truly turned, unlike in 2010 when youth sought out jobs, it is now companies that are seeking people to employ. Rétvári added that the opposition in Hungary draws the opposite conclusions from the same data but that youth today would be harmed were they to turn their backs on the government due to the opportunities it has delivered and will continue to provide.

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