Early school-leaving rate in Spain is 80% higher than the European average, despite that 7 regions have lowered the dropout rate reaching the 2020 EU objective
Regional differences in employment and education of young people in Spain
The economic recovery from the crisis is affecting the employment and educational situation of young people in Spain differently depending on the region where they live. Seven Spanish regions have successfully reduced early school-leaving rates to a level below 15%, meeting the 2020 EU objective for Spain. Two regions, Basque Country and Cantabria, have even dropped to a rate below 10%, which is the objective established by the European Union for the rest of member countries. However, the national average remains at 18.3%, well above the European average. The number of young people in Spain who are not in education, employment or training is also above the European average and the unemployment rate among people under the age of 25 is double the EU average.