Millennial Jobs Report: Youth Unemployment Reaches 13.1 Percent

Washington — Feb. 1, 2012 — Generation Opportunity, an organization advocating for Millennials ages 18-29,  reports youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year olds for January 2013 was 13.1 percent.

The statistic is contained in the organization’s Millennial Jobs Report for January 2013. The data is non-seasonally adjusted (NSA) and is specific to 18-29 year olds. Other findings:

• The youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old African-Americans for January 2013 was 22.1 percent; the youth unemployment rate for 18-29 year old Hispanics for January 2013 was 13.0 percent; and the youth unemployment rate for 18–29 year old women for January 2013 was 11.6 percent.

• The declining labor 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 the labor force participation rate were factored into the 18-29 youth unemployment calculation, the actual 18-29-unemployment rate would rise to 16.2 percent.