Youth Unemployment: 20.8%

By Michael W. Chapman | December 6, 2013 | 10:34am EST

The national unemployment rate for youth, age 16 to 19, was 20.8% in November. (AP)

( – The unemployment rate for young people, ages 16 to 19, went down slightly between October and November, from 22.2% to 20.8%, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), but it is still nearly three times greater than the national unemployment rate of 7%.

The BLS data, seasonally adjusted, show the following unemployment rates for youth (ages 16 to 19) and the actual number of youth unemployed in the United States for the last six months.

Rate & Number of Persons Unemployed, Age 16 to 19

November: 20.8% -- 1.18 million unemployed

October: 22.2% -- 1.26 million unemployed

September:  21.4% -- 1.24 million unemployed

August:  22.7% -- 1.29 million unemployed

July: 23.7% -- 1.38 million unemployed

June: 24.0% -- 1.40 million unemployed

The numbers for youth unemployed do not include those who have dropped out of the job market and are no longer looking for work and those working only part-time.

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