Unemployment Disproportionately Affects Youth

Unemployment for the youth in this country is at an all-time high and, as the graphs below illustrate, it is even more devastating for young men and minorities. Youth who are neither working nor in school are at a long-term disadvantage. Read more about the disconnected youth problem and potential policy solutions.

U.S. Youth Unemployment (16-24)

October: 16.0%

September: 15.5%

August: 16.8%

July: 16.4%

June: 16.5%

May 2012: 16.1%
December 2007:

Youth Unemployment Rate by Race

Youth Unemployment Rate by Gender

Note: Unemployment by race figures are not based on seasonally adjusted data.  Unemployment by gender based on seasonally adjusted data.

Source: CLASP, based on data from the Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (September 2012). Recession data from the National Bureau of Economic Research.


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