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)
May 2012: 16.1%
December 2007: 11.7%
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.