D.C. tops list of teen unemployment

Local,DC,Maryland,Virginia,Liz Farmer

The District has the highest teen unemployment rate in the country according to a report released by the Employment Policies Institute. More than half of the city's 16- to 19-year olds who were seeking jobs were unemployed as of April, the highest rate in the country by more than 10 percentage points, the report released Friday said.

Maryland ranked 31st among the 50 states with a teen unemployment rate of 19.7 percent and Virginia came in 33rd with a 19.6 percent unemployment rate. Maryland and Virginia's rates decreased slightly from April 2011 while the District's increased nearly three points to 51.7 percent.

California ranked highest among states with a 36.2 percent unemployment rate among teens.

Nationally, the teen unemployment rate stands at 24.9 percent, and has averaged above 20 percent for more than 40 months, the report said. The number of employed teens fell by 14,000 from March to April 2012.

EPI's analysis found that teen unemployment is up in 17 states and D.C. for the year, and down in 32 states. When including teens who say they're not looking for work, unemployment rises even further.

“Although the jobs outlook has improved slightly for summer 2012, teens searching for summer employment are still faced with more competition and less opportunity than past generations," said Michael Saltsman, research fellow at the EPI.


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