About This Statistic
This statistic displays the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate among teenagers in the United States on a monthly basis. Seasonal adjustment is a statistical method for removing the seasonal component of a time series that is used when analyzing non-seasonal trends. Unemployment among teenagers (16 to 19 years) stood at 12.9 percent in September 2017. The general unemployment rate by state can be found here, the annual national unemployment rate can be found here.
Youth unemployment includes unemployed individuals aged 15 to 24, a typical age range to have either just finished school or graduated and looking for jobs. An unemployed person is someone who is laid off, fired or quits his work and is still looking for a job. Even in healthy economies unemployment occurs. There are many reasons behind the unemployment of young people, for example: an educational system mismatched between academic education and needs in labor markets.
Between 2009 and 2014, the global youth unemployment rate increased for about 0.1 percent.