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US / Youth Unemployment among Young African American: 22.1 percent

U.S. employers added 155,000 jobs in December and the unemployment rate held steady at 7.8%.

However, the jobs outlook for young people especially young black teens is bleak.

According to Generation Opportunity, which charts unemployment for Millennials aged 18-29, the general jobless rate for teens is 11.5 percent and a shocking 22.1 percent for younger black Americans.

According to a Generation Opportunity analysis, the unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for December 2012 is 22.1 percent (non-seasonally adjusted – NSA); the unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for December 2012 is 12.2 percent (NSA); and the unemployment rate for 18-29 year old women for December 2012 is 10.4 percent (NSA).

The declining labor force participation rate has created an additional 1.7 million young adults that are not counted as “unemployed” by the U.S. Department of Labor because they are not in the labor force, meaning that those young people have given up looking for work due to the lack of jobs.

If you factor in those young people who have simply given up looking for work, the jobless rate for teens would jump from 11.5 percent to 16.3%.

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