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May 2012 Young Adult Unemployment Report
Policy Shop ^ | June 1, 2012 | Catherine Ruetschlin

Posted on 06/02/2012 7:44:25 PM PDT by Son House

The May employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offer the third month of disappointing news for labor markets after a perceived mid-winter rally. At an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, the economy is not much better off now than when the year began.

In the months since January, young adults -- who had already endured the worst effects of the recession -- managed to close the gap with their older counterparts, bringing their unemployment rates into closer alignment with the economy overall while maintaining fairly steady labor force participation. But the gains have been slow, and eked out over years.

For younger workers, another month of stagnation represents one more impediment to parity in the labor market and painful delay to the beginning of economically viable working lives.

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The unemployment rate for 25 to 34-year-olds finally dropped to equal that of the total labor force in April, and continued to mirror the market overall in May with an uptick to 8.2 percent. Men in this age group actually saw unemployment rates decline to 7.9 percent, while women experienced an increase to 8.4 percent. Labor force participation rates dipped slightly for both men and women.

Although unemployment rates have fallen more than one full percentage point in the past year -- from 9.3 percent for 25 to 34-year-olds in May 2011 to 8.2 percent for the group today -- the decline failed to inspire greater labor force participation from this cohort of workers. At 81.7 percent, the labor force participation rate for 25 to 34-year-olds is just 0.1 percent higher than a year ago.

Twenty to 24-year-olds are similarly behind last year’s rate of labor force participation, at 70.8 percent in May 2012. In May their unemployment rate declined to its lowest point in over two years, but at 12.9 percent the youngest adults continue to face barriers to employment that put them far behind the national rate. The entirety of the decrease in unemployment among this age group went to women, whose unemployment rate fell from 12.3 to 11.6 percent in May while men ages 20 to 24 held steady at 14.1 percent.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: economy; employment; labor; unemployment
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Labor Force Participation Rates remain near 30-year lows. We've had 40 months of unemployment above 8%. If you want 4 more years of that, vote Democrat.
1 posted on 06/02/2012 7:44:37 PM PDT by Son House
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To: Son House

I would like to know the unemployment numbers for heads of households

2 posted on 06/02/2012 7:56:49 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Son House

Hope this is “Change” they can live with!!!!!


3 posted on 06/02/2012 8:08:21 PM PDT by ZULU (See:
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With youth unemployment soaring..they just allowed 100k foreign youth to come and work in this country for the summer.
They always show up at our local McD’s about now. You can tell them because they are really attractive females with East block names and they speak english better than the normal staff.

4 posted on 06/02/2012 9:07:31 PM PDT by Oldexpat
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