Unemployment Rate For 18-29 Year Olds


A staffing company called Adecco emailed me last week about a career fair they are holding on April 30th. The email reported that the unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds was 13.1 percent as of January 2013, which doesn’t include the 1.7 million young adults that have given up and stopped looking for a job.

I also found an article on DNAinfo.com from January of this year that focused on the unemployed youth of Chicago.

The article discussed different hardships that the teens in Chicago face, including drug addiction and teen pregnancy. These hardships create barriers that the teens have to overcome in order to graduate and get their diploma. The article focused on high school students in Chicago and how they are dealing with unemployment.

One youth was quoted saying that he started selling drugs for money, while another high school student talked about how he would work temporary jobs to help his mom pay the bills. I thought the article was very well put together because it gave different perspectives on how the youth in Chicago are dealing with unemployment and it used students from several different schools in the city as sources.

To separate my reporting from the reporting done in the article, I want to focus on the unemployment rates for recent college graduates.

Many people have it made up in their mind that an education and a college degree will promise you a job, but I have found that myself and other recent graduates have not been fortunate enough to put their degrees to use.  Many college graduates struggle to find a job in their field and have to take a job outside of their field just to have an income.

It will be interesting to see the unemployment rate for recent college graduates and how they are overcoming the unemployment barriers.


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