Youth unemployment in the United States
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics track unemployment of persons between the ages of 16 and 24 years each month. In analyzing the data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics performed a seasonal adjustment—removing seasonal influences from the time series, such that one month’s rate of unemployment could be analyzed in comparison with another month’s rate of unemployment.
During the period in question, youth unemployment ranged from a high of 10.4 percent in October 2016, to a low of 8.8 percent in May 2017.
The national youth unemployment rate can be compared to the annual national unemployment rate in the United States. In 2016, annual US unemployment was at 4.9 percent, down from a ten-year high of 9.6 percent unemployment in 2010. Additionally, as of October 2017, Alaska had the highest state unemployment rate, at 7.2 percent unemployment, of all US states. District of Columbia ranked second with an unemployment rate of 6.6 percent.