The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults

Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Mykhaylo Trubskyy, Martha Ross, Walter McHugh, and Sheila Palma

youth_workforce_coverEmployment prospects for teens and young adults in the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas plummeted between 2000 and 2011. On a number of measures—employment rates, labor force underutilization, unemployment, and year-round joblessness—teens and young adults fared poorly, and sometimes disastrously. This report provides a number of strategies to reduce youth joblessness and labor force underutilization.

Use the tool below to explore key youth workforce indicators for each of the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas and download the report in PDF form.

Please note that the metropolitan rankings differ slightly in the report from the web-based interactive. The report rankings are based on pooled 2010-2011 data. The web-based rankings use 2012 data, and are meant to bring the analysis of the report (conducted over a longer period of time) more up-to-date.



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