Jobless Teens: 51.7% in DC; CA Next with 36.2%
May 26, 2012 • 11:15AM

The Employment Policies Institute released a report on teenage unemployment (PDF) showing that Washington, D.C. has more than half—51.7%—of its teenagers without jobs. According to the Washington Examiner, the percentage is even higher if teenagers who say they are not looking for jobs are included. In the last year, 17 states had increases in unemployment for 16-to-19 year-olds, and from March to April 2012, the number of employed teens fell by 14,000.

Among the states, Calfornia has the highest rate of teenage unemployment, with 36.2%. The remainder of the top ten states with the highest youth unemployment are: South Carolina (31.2%), Rhode Island (29.8%), Washington (29.0%), Arizona (29.0%), Nevada (28.8%), Idaho (28.4%), North Carolina (28.2%), Missouri (27.7%), and Louisiana (27.6%). Nineteen states, including the country's most populated such as Texas, New Jersey, Illinois, and New York, have teen unemployment over 25%.