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Young people 16–24 years old


This report focuses on young people who are 16–24 years old as part of the Ministry of Social Development (MSD)’s Insights Reporting Series. It is the first in a series of reports that each focus on a different group that are a priority for MSD, to better understand their historical, current, and future needs.

Key Findings

The report finds that:

  • Young people have recovered much faster from the economic effects of the pandemic compared to the Global Financial Crisis.
  • MSD continues to support young people to engage in education, and gain the skills they need to enter the workforce.
  • Longer-term trends suggest that while young people are doing well overall, some may be experiencing complex challenges and need more support.
Two young guys on a wharf.
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