The Uneven Recovery of Youth Employment

Source: The Uneven Recovery of Youth Employment

youth employment-to-population ratio with averages for 2005 through 2007, the last three years preceding the recession. In all but four states, youth employment hasn’t fully recovered. The decline has been particularly severe in states like Florida and Nevada, where the youth employment rate still remains roughly 10 percentage points below pre-recession levels.

Young people were least employed last year in Mississippi (40.1 percent), West Virginia (41.9 percent) and New York (42 percent) and most employed in Iowa and Utah, where about two-thirds held jobs.

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