Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 63


Indicator 63. Unemployment of Young Adults


Unemployment rates of 16- to 24-year-olds, by sex, race/ethnicity, and age: 1950 to 1995

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          |     All races     |      White1/      |       Black1/     |    Hispanic2/
          |-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------
   Year   |16 to 19 |20 to 24 |16 to 19 |20 to 24 |16 to 19 |20 to 24 |16 to 19 |20 to 24
          |years old|years old|years old|years old|years old|years old|years old|years old
----------|---------|---------|---------|---------|---------|---------|---------|---------

                                                 Males

1950 .....     12.7       8.1       ---       ---       ---       ---       ---       ---
1955 .....     11.6       7.7      11.3       7.0   3/ 13.4   3/ 12.4       ---       ---
1960 .....     15.3       8.9      14.0       8.3   3/ 24.0   3/ 13.1       ---       ---
1965 .....     14.1       6.4      12.9       5.9   3/ 23.3   3/  9.3       ---       ---
1970 .....     15.0       8.4      13.7       7.8   3/ 25.0   3/ 12.6       ---       ---
1975 .....     20.1      14.3      18.3      13.1      38.1      24.7      27.6      16.3
1980 .....     18.3      12.5      16.2      11.1      37.5      23.7      21.6      12.3

1981 .....     20.1      13.2      17.9      11.6      40.7      26.4      24.3      14.2
1982 .....     24.4      16.4      21.7      14.3      48.9      31.5      31.2      18.3
1983 .....     23.3      15.9      20.2      13.8      48.8      31.4      28.7      17.1
1984 .....     19.6      11.9      16.8       9.8      42.7      26.6      25.3      12.7
1985 .....     19.5      11.4      16.5       9.7      41.0      23.5      24.7      13.0
1986 .....     19.0      11.0      16.3       9.2      39.3      23.5      24.5      13.0
1987 .....     17.8       9.9      15.5       8.4      34.4      20.3      22.2      10.2
1988 .....     16.0       8.9      13.9       7.4      32.7      19.4      22.7       9.2
1989 .....     15.9       8.8      13.7       7.5      31.9      17.9      20.2       9.7
1990 .....     16.3       9.1      14.2       7.6      32.1      20.2      19.6       8.3
1991 .....     19.8      11.7      17.5      10.2      36.5      22.4      23.7      11.6
1992 .....     21.5      12.2      18.4      10.4      42.0      24.5      28.2      13.7
1993 .....     20.4      11.3      17.6       9.5      40.1      23.0      26.1      12.6
1994 .....     19.0      10.2      16.3       8.8      37.6      19.4      26.3      10.8
1995 .....     18.4       9.2      15.6       7.9      37.1      17.6      25.6      10.6

                                                 Females

1950 .....     11.4       6.9       ---       ---       ---       ---       ---       ---
1955 .....     10.2       6.1       9.1       5.1   3/ 19.2   3/ 13.0       ---       ---
1960 .....     13.9       8.3      12.7       7.2   3/ 24.8   3/ 15.3       ---       ---
1965 .....     15.7       7.3      14.0       6.3   3/ 31.7   3/ 13.7       ---       ---
1970 .....     15.6       7.9      13.4       6.9   3/ 34.5   3/ 15.0       ---       ---
1975 .....     19.7      12.7      17.4      11.2      41.0      24.3      27.9      17.2
1980 .....     17.2      10.4      14.8       8.5      39.8      23.5      23.4      11.9

1981 .....     19.0      11.2      16.6       9.1      42.2      26.4      23.5      13.6
1982 .....     21.9      13.2      19.0      10.9      47.1      29.6      28.2      17.0
1983 .....     21.3      12.9      18.3      10.3      48.2      31.8      27.9      16.4
1984 .....     18.0      10.9      15.2       8.8      42.6      25.6      22.8      12.3
1985 .....     17.6      10.7      14.8       8.5      39.2      25.6      23.8      12.1
1986 .....     17.6      10.3      14.9       8.1      39.2      24.7      25.1      12.9
1987 .....     15.9       9.4      13.4       7.4      34.9      23.3      22.4      11.4
1988 .....     14.4       8.5      12.3       6.7      32.0      19.8      21.0      10.7
1989 .....     14.0       8.3      11.5       6.8      33.0      18.1      18.2      12.2
1990 .....     14.7       8.5      12.6       6.8      30.0      19.7      19.5      10.4
1991 .....     17.4       9.8      15.2       8.0      36.1      20.7      21.9      11.7
1992 .....     18.5      10.2      15.7       8.3      37.2      23.1      26.4      12.4
1993 .....     17.4       9.6      14.6       7.8      37.5      20.9      26.4      14.0
1994 .....     16.2       9.2      13.8       7.4      32.6      19.6      22.2      13.5
1995 .....     16.1       9.0      13.4       7.4      34.3      17.8      22.6      13.0
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-Data not available.

/1/ Includes Hispanics.

/2/ Hispanics may be of any race.

/3/ Includes black and other races.

NOTE: The unemployment rate is the proportion of those in the labor force who are not working and are seeking employment.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment and Earnings (January issues); and Labor Force Statistics derived from the Current Population Survey: A Data Book, vol. I, Bulletin 2096; and unpublished data.

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