Youth unemployment and employment in July 2009

August 28, 2009

The youth unemployment rate (the unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds) was 18.5 percent in July 2009, the highest July rate on record for the series, which began in 1948.

July unemployment rate, persons 16 to 24 years of age, by sex, 1948–2009
[Chart data—TXT]

The July 2009 unemployment rates for young men (19.7 percent), women (17.3 percent), whites (16.4 percent), blacks (31.2 percent), Asians (16.3 percent), and Hispanics (21.7 percent) increased from a year earlier.

In July 2009, 4.4 million youth were unemployed, up by nearly 1.0 million from July 2008. The increase in youth unemployment in the summer of 2009 reflected a weak job market.

July is the traditional summertime peak for youth employment; in July 2009, 19.3 million 16- to 24-year-olds were employed.

Employed persons 16 to 24 years of age by industry, July 2009
[Chart data—TXT]

In July 2009, 25 percent of employed youth—4.8 million—worked in the leisure and hospitality industry (which includes food services). Another 20 percent—3.9 million—worked in the retail trade industry.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. The data are not seasonally adjusted. To learn more about youth unemployment and employment, see "Employment and Unemployment Among Youth—Summer 2009" (HTML) (PDF), news release USDL 09-1021.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Youth unemployment and employment in July 2009 on the Internet at (visited September 29, 2016).


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