April Unemployment Numbers Drop Slightly for Young Americans: 53rd Straight Week of Double-Digit Unemployment
[WASHINGTON, DC] — The economy added 165,000 jobs in April 2013 while the national unemployment rate dropped .1 percentage points to 7.5 percent. For 18 to 29 year-olds the unemployment rate fell from 11.7 percent in March 2013 to 11.1 percent in April 2013 (not seasonally adjusted). For younger workers ages 16 to 24, the unemployment rate dropped over .1 percentage points to 16.1 percent (seasonally adjusted).
Rory O’Sullivan, Policy Director at Young Invincibles, said, “While we are encouraged by the decrease in young adult unemployment, it’s still far too high. April 2013 marks the 53rd straight month that unemployment has been above 10 percent for 18-29 year olds. High youth joblessness could seriously impact America’s future.”
Here is more information on how different populations of young people fared in April 2013:
• The unemployment rate for Black young adults ages 16 to 24 in April is 24.9 percent compared to 26.7 percent last month (not seasonally adjusted).
• The unemployment rate for young Latinos ages 16 to 24 in April is 16.6 percent compared to 16.9 percent last month (not seasonally adjusted).
• The unemployment rate for young men ages 16 to 24 in April is 17.1 percent compared to 17.4 percent last month (seasonally adjusted).
• The unemployment rate for young women ages 16 to 24 in April stayed at 15.0 percent, with no change from last month (seasonally adjusted).
• Overall youth unemployment for 18 to 29 year-olds is 11.1 percent compared to 11.6 percent in April 2012 (not seasonally adjusted).
Young Invincibles is currently in the middle of a Get The Facts national tour to highlight youth-focused job training and workforce programs that do put our generation back to work. To coincide with the tour, Young Invincibles is launching 50 state reports to educate citizens how young adult unemployment has risen dramatically in their states.
Learn more about the “Get The Facts” Campaign at: jobs.younginvincibles.org.
Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young Americans, ages 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young Americans are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis, and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.