On August 13, 2014, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) issued its annual estimate of employment and unemployment among 16 to 24 year-olds. 

The BLS annual estimate of employment and unemployment among 16 to 24 year-olds is data critical for seeing the volume of summer youth employment.

Since youth employment typically peaks in July, BLS uses that as its reference month for summer employment — comparing it to April, May and June.  Youth employment typically begins to rise after April of each year, as school years end. 

In recent years, BLS has presented three tables on summer youth employment, which include the number employed, the employment-to-population ratio, the number unemployed (including the number looking for full-time vs. part-time work), the unemployment rate, and various labor force participation data. 

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Data are provided by gender, race, and Hispanic origin. 

BLS also usually supplies comparable data for the previous 3 years in Table 2.  Table 3 provides data by:

  • major industry
  • for government employees at the Federal, state and local levels, and
  • for self-employed and unpaid family workers.  

The 2014 data will be available on the BLS website in the link provided.  For the 2013 news release, see the link for Employment and Unemployment Among Youth — Summer 2013.

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