The Young Adult Unemployment Rate: February 2012

The Young Adult Unemployment Rate: February 2012

During the recession, unemployment rates for young adults have been consistently greater than those for the nation as a whole.  Twenty-five to 34-year-olds began to close the gap in February as unemployment rates dropped to 8.7 percent among workers in this age group while remaining unchanged for the population overall.  In contrast, younger workers lost ground as gains in employment did not make up for the swelling labor force; the unemployment rate for 20 to 24-year-olds rose by half a percentage point to 13.8 percent in February.