1 in 5 Teens Are Unemployed in U.S.

By Ali Meyer | October 3, 2014 | 10:57am EDT

One in five teens in the United States, 20 percent, were unemployed in September. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) -One in five teens in the United States, 20 percent, were unemployed in September, meaning they actively sought a job but did not find one, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).|

The 20 percent unemployment rate for teens aged 16 to 19 years is more than three times as high as the 5.9 percent national unemployment rate in September for all Americans.

In September, according to BLS, there were 16,615,000 teens in the civilian noninstitutional population. Of those, 5,626,000 teens were in the labor force, which means they either had a job or actively sought one.

This brought the participation rate for teens to 33.9 percent, which is the percentage of teens who participated in the labor force by either having a job or actively seeking one. The participation rate climbed from 33.3 percent in August to 33.9 in September. Of the 5,626,000 in the labor force, there were 1,124,000 teens who were unemployed, bringing the unemployment rate to 20.0 percent. The unemployment rate for teens climbed from 19.6 percent in August to 20.0 percent in September.

The number of unemployed teens increased  from 1,085,000 in August to 1,124,000 in September, an increase of 39,000. The number of employed teens also increased in September from 4,457,000 in August to 4,502,000 in September.

There were 10,989,000 teens 16 to 19 years old who did not participate in the labor force in September, meaning they did not have a job and did not actively seek one in the last four weeks. This number declined from August, when there were 11,080,000 teens not in the labor force.


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