Unemployment rate for young workers, 16–24 years old, and workers 25+, 1979–2024

Ages 16–24 Ages 25+
1979-01-01 11.6% 4.0%
1979-02-01 11.7 4.0
1979-03-01 11.6 4.0
1979-04-01 11.6 4.0
1979-05-01 11.6 3.7
1979-06-01 11.5 3.8
1979-07-01 11.6 3.8
1979-08-01 12.2 4.1
1979-09-01 12.1 3.9
1979-10-01 12.1 4.0
1979-11-01 11.6 4.1
1979-12-01 12.4 3.9
1980-01-01 12.6 4.3
1980-02-01 12.5 4.3
1980-03-01 12.3 4.5
1980-04-01 13.1 5.0
1980-05-01 14.7 5.2
1980-06-01 14.7 5.4
1980-07-01 14.9 5.6
1980-08-01 14.7 5.6
1980-09-01 14.3 5.4
1980-10-01 14.5 5.4
1980-11-01 14.4 5.3
1980-12-01 13.7 5.2
1981-01-01 14.5 5.3
1981-02-01 14.6 5.3
1981-03-01 14.5 5.2
1981-04-01 14.5 5.0
1981-05-01 15.1 5.2
1981-06-01 14.9 5.3
1981-07-01 14.1 5.2
1981-08-01 14.5 5.2
1981-09-01 14.9 5.4
1981-10-01 15.3 5.7
1981-11-01 15.9 6.0
1981-12-01 16.1 6.3
1982-01-01 16.5 6.3
1982-02-01 17.0 6.5
1982-03-01 16.9 6.8
1982-04-01 17.4 7.0
1982-05-01 17.3 7.1
1982-06-01 17.5 7.3
1982-07-01 18.0 7.5
1982-08-01 18.1 7.4
1982-09-01 18.2 7.9
1982-10-01 18.5 8.1
1982-11-01 19.0 8.4
1982-12-01 18.9 8.6
1983-01-01 18.5 8.1
1983-02-01 18.4 8.2
1983-03-01 18.2 8.1
1983-04-01 18.0 8.0
1983-05-01 17.7 8.0
1983-06-01 17.8 7.9
1983-07-01 16.8 7.3
1983-08-01 17.3 7.3
1983-09-01 16.4 7.2
1983-10-01 16.2 6.8
1983-11-01 15.4 6.6
1983-12-01 14.9 6.6
1984-01-01 14.8 6.2
1984-02-01 14.3 6.1
1984-03-01 14.4 5.9
1984-04-01 14.5 6.0
1984-05-01 13.6 5.7
1984-06-01 13.2 5.6
1984-07-01 13.7 5.8
1984-08-01 14.1 5.7
1984-09-01 14.0 5.6
1984-10-01 13.6 5.7
1984-11-01 13.2 5.6
1984-12-01 13.7 5.6
1985-01-01 13.6 5.7
1985-02-01 13.6 5.6
1985-03-01 13.6 5.6
1985-04-01 13.2 5.8
1985-05-01 13.6 5.5
1985-06-01 13.5 5.8
1985-07-01 14.2 5.6
1985-08-01 13.3 5.6
1985-09-01 13.3 5.6
1985-10-01 14.1 5.4
1985-11-01 13.5 5.3
1985-12-01 13.5 5.4
1986-01-01 13.0 5.1
1986-02-01 13.6 5.6
1986-03-01 13.2 5.6
1986-04-01 13.7 5.5
1986-05-01 13.7 5.5
1986-06-01 13.5 5.6
1986-07-01 13.3 5.5
1986-08-01 13.1 5.4
1986-09-01 13.6 5.4
1986-10-01 13.0 5.5
1986-11-01 12.8 5.4
1986-12-01 13.0 5.1
1987-01-01 13.0 5.1
1987-02-01 13.1 5.0
1987-03-01 12.8 5.1
1987-04-01 12.6 4.9
1987-05-01 12.5 4.8
1987-06-01 12.3 4.7
1987-07-01 11.8 4.7
1987-08-01 11.7 4.7
1987-09-01 11.8 4.6
1987-10-01 11.8 4.6
1987-11-01 11.5 4.5
1987-12-01 11.2 4.5
1988-01-01 11.5 4.4
1988-02-01 11.3 4.4
1988-03-01 11.8 4.3
1988-04-01 11.2 4.2
1988-05-01 11.3 4.3
1988-06-01 10.5 4.2
1988-07-01 10.8 4.2
1988-08-01 11.0 4.4
1988-09-01 10.8 4.2
1988-10-01 10.8 4.1
1988-11-01 10.5 4.2
1988-12-01 10.8 4.1
1989-01-01 11.8 4.1
1989-02-01 10.6 4.0
1989-03-01 10.1 3.9
1989-04-01 10.6 4.1
1989-05-01 10.4 4.0
1989-06-01 11.2 4.0
1989-07-01 10.6 4.0
1989-08-01 10.9 4.0
1989-09-01 11.1 4.1
1989-10-01 11.0 4.1
1989-11-01 11.3 4.1
1989-12-01 11.2 4.1
1990-01-01 10.8 4.1
1990-02-01 10.7 4.1
1990-03-01 10.6 4.1
1990-04-01 11.1 4.2
1990-05-01 10.8 4.2
1990-06-01 10.4 4.1
1990-07-01 10.7 4.4
1990-08-01 11.5 4.5
1990-09-01 11.7 4.6
1990-10-01 11.8 4.7
1990-11-01 12.0 4.9
1990-12-01 12.0 5.0
1991-01-01 12.6 5.0
1991-02-01 12.8 5.3
1991-03-01 13.1 5.5
1991-04-01 12.7 5.4
1991-05-01 13.6 5.5
1991-06-01 13.6 5.5
1991-07-01 13.8 5.4
1991-08-01 13.5 5.5
1991-09-01 13.4 5.5
1991-10-01 13.9 5.6
1991-11-01 13.8 5.7
1991-12-01 14.6 5.8
1992-01-01 13.9 5.9
1992-02-01 14.2 6.0
1992-03-01 14.1 6.1
1992-04-01 13.6 6.1
1992-05-01 14.4 6.3
1992-06-01 15.2 6.3
1992-07-01 14.5 6.3
1992-08-01 14.2 6.3
1992-09-01 14.5 6.2
1992-10-01 13.5 6.1
1992-11-01 14.3 6.1
1992-12-01 14.2 6.1
1993-01-01 14.0 5.8
1993-02-01 14.1 5.7
1993-03-01 13.6 5.7
1993-04-01 13.8 5.7
1993-05-01 14.2 5.6
1993-06-01 13.7 5.7
1993-07-01 13.1 5.7
1993-08-01 13.0 5.5
1993-09-01 12.6 5.6
1993-10-01 13.0 5.6
1993-11-01 12.9 5.4
1993-12-01 12.5 5.4
1994-01-01 13.4 5.2
1994-02-01 12.9 5.3
1994-03-01 13.1 5.2
1994-04-01 13.3 5.0
1994-05-01 12.5 4.8
1994-06-01 12.4 4.8
1994-07-01 12.4 4.8
1994-08-01 12.5 4.8
1994-09-01 12.1 4.7
1994-10-01 12.0 4.6
1994-11-01 11.4 4.5
1994-12-01 11.5 4.3
1995-01-01 11.4 4.4
1995-02-01 11.7 4.2
1995-03-01 11.6 4.2
1995-04-01 12.0 4.5
1995-05-01 11.9 4.5
1995-06-01 12.0 4.4
1995-07-01 12.5 4.4
1995-08-01 12.5 4.4
1995-09-01 12.7 4.3
1995-10-01 12.4 4.2
1995-11-01 12.0 4.4
1995-12-01 12.4 4.3
1996-01-01 12.8 4.3
1996-02-01 12.2 4.2
1996-03-01 12.2 4.2
1996-04-01 12.0 4.3
1996-05-01 12.2 4.3
1996-06-01 11.8 4.1
1996-07-01 12.4 4.2
1996-08-01 11.6 4.0
1996-09-01 11.4 4.0
1996-10-01 11.6 4.0
1996-11-01 11.9 4.1
1996-12-01 11.8 4.1
1997-01-01 12.2 4.0
1997-02-01 11.8 4.0
1997-03-01 11.7 3.9
1997-04-01 11.6 3.8
1997-05-01 11.1 3.8
1997-06-01 11.4 3.8
1997-07-01 11.2 3.7
1997-08-01 11.1 3.7
1997-09-01 11.2 3.7
1997-10-01 11.0 3.5
1997-11-01 10.8 3.4
1997-12-01 10.5 3.6
1998-01-01 10.9 3.5
1998-02-01 10.6 3.5
1998-03-01 10.5 3.6
1998-04-01 9.7 3.4
1998-05-01 10.3 3.3
1998-06-01 10.6 3.4
1998-07-01 10.6 3.4
1998-08-01 10.8 3.3
1998-09-01 11.0 3.4
1998-10-01 10.5 3.4
1998-11-01 9.8 3.3
1998-12-01 9.6 3.3
1999-01-01 10.2 3.2
1999-02-01 10.1 3.3
1999-03-01 9.9 3.1
1999-04-01 10.0 3.3
1999-05-01 9.6 3.1
1999-06-01 10.0 3.2
1999-07-01 9.9 3.2
1999-08-01 9.6 3.2
1999-09-01 10.2 3.1
1999-10-01 10.0 3.0
1999-11-01 9.9 3.0
1999-12-01 9.6 2.9
2000-01-01 9.4 3.0
2000-02-01 9.9 3.0
2000-03-01 9.6 3.0
2000-04-01 9.2 2.9
2000-05-01 9.8 3.0
2000-06-01 9.3 3.0
2000-07-01 9.3 3.0
2000-08-01 9.3 3.1
2000-09-01 8.9 3.0
2000-10-01 8.9 2.9
2000-11-01 9.1 3.0
2000-12-01 9.2 2.9
2001-01-01 9.6 3.2
2001-02-01 9.6 3.2
2001-03-01 9.8 3.2
2001-04-01 10.2 3.3
2001-05-01 9.9 3.3
2001-06-01 10.4 3.5
2001-07-01 10.2 3.5
2001-08-01 11.2 3.8
2001-09-01 10.8 3.9
2001-10-01 11.5 4.2
2001-11-01 11.6 4.4
2001-12-01 12.2 4.5
2002-01-01 12.1 4.5
2002-02-01 11.8 4.5
2002-03-01 12.5 4.5
2002-04-01 12.3 4.8
2002-05-01 11.6 4.8
2002-06-01 11.8 4.7
2002-07-01 12.1 4.6
2002-08-01 12.0 4.6
2002-09-01 11.7 4.5
2002-10-01 11.8 4.6
2002-11-01 12.1 4.7
2002-12-01 12.1 4.8
2003-01-01 12.0 4.7
2003-02-01 12.1 4.8
2003-03-01 12.0 4.8
2003-04-01 12.6 4.9
2003-05-01 12.9 4.9
2003-06-01 13.2 5.1
2003-07-01 13.0 4.9
2003-08-01 12.3 5.0
2003-09-01 12.8 4.9
2003-10-01 12.2 4.9
2003-11-01 12.1 4.8
2003-12-01 11.7 4.6
2004-01-01 12.0 4.6
2004-02-01 11.7 4.5
2004-03-01 12.0 4.7
2004-04-01 11.6 4.5
2004-05-01 12.1 4.4
2004-06-01 12.0 4.5
2004-07-01 12.1 4.4
2004-08-01 11.5 4.3
2004-09-01 11.7 4.3
2004-10-01 12.1 4.2
2004-11-01 11.5 4.3
2004-12-01 11.7 4.2
2005-01-01 11.6 4.1
2005-02-01 12.4 4.2
2005-03-01 11.8 4.0
2005-04-01 11.8 4.0
2005-05-01 11.7 3.9
2005-06-01 11.1 4.0
2005-07-01 10.7 4.0
2005-08-01 11.1 3.8
2005-09-01 10.8 4.1
2005-10-01 10.8 3.9
2005-11-01 11.1 4.0
2005-12-01 10.5 3.9
2006-01-01 10.4 3.7
2006-02-01 10.8 3.7
2006-03-01 10.5 3.6
2006-04-01 10.3 3.7
2006-05-01 10.0 3.7
2006-06-01 10.4 3.6
2006-07-01 10.9 3.7
2006-08-01 10.7 3.6
2006-09-01 10.6 3.5
2006-10-01 10.6 3.3
2006-11-01 10.6 3.5
2006-12-01 10.0 3.5
2007-01-01 10.3 3.7
2007-02-01 9.9 3.6
2007-03-01 10.0 3.4
2007-04-01 10.3 3.5
2007-05-01 9.9 3.5
2007-06-01 10.6 3.5
2007-07-01 10.5 3.7
2007-08-01 10.7 3.6
2007-09-01 11.2 3.6
2007-10-01 10.7 3.7
2007-11-01 10.8 3.7
2007-12-01 11.7 3.8
2008-01-01 11.7 3.8
2008-02-01 11.4 3.8
2008-03-01 11.4 4.0
2008-04-01 11.0 4.0
2008-05-01 13.0 4.1
2008-06-01 12.9 4.3
2008-07-01 13.5 4.5
2008-08-01 13.1 4.9
2008-09-01 13.5 4.9
2008-10-01 13.6 5.3
2008-11-01 14.0 5.6
2008-12-01 14.8 6.1
2009-01-01 15.0 6.6
2009-02-01 16.0 7.1
2009-03-01 16.5 7.4
2009-04-01 16.7 7.7
2009-05-01 17.6 8.0
2009-06-01 18.0 8.1
2009-07-01 17.9 8.1
2009-08-01 18.1 8.3
2009-09-01 18.4 8.4
2009-10-01 19.1 8.6
2009-11-01 19.2 8.4
2009-12-01 18.8 8.4
2010-01-01 18.8 8.3
2010-02-01 18.7 8.4
2010-03-01 18.8 8.5
2010-04-01 19.5 8.4
2010-05-01 18.1 8.3
2010-06-01 18.2 8.1
2010-07-01 18.4 8.0
2010-08-01 17.7 8.2
2010-09-01 17.9 8.2
2010-10-01 18.7 8.1
2010-11-01 18.5 8.4
2010-12-01 17.9 8.0
2011-01-01 18.1 7.7
2011-02-01 17.7 7.6
2011-03-01 17.6 7.6
2011-04-01 17.6 7.7
2011-05-01 17.3 7.7
2011-06-01 17.1 7.9
2011-07-01 17.3 7.7
2011-08-01 17.4 7.7
2011-09-01 17.3 7.7
2011-10-01 16.7 7.6
2011-11-01 17.0 7.3
2011-12-01 16.7 7.2
2012-01-01 16.1 7.0
2012-02-01 16.5 7.0
2012-03-01 16.2 6.9
2012-04-01 16.6 6.8
2012-05-01 16.1 6.9
2012-06-01 16.2 7.0
2012-07-01 16.3 6.9
2012-08-01 16.7 6.7
2012-09-01 15.5 6.6
2012-10-01 16.0 6.5
2012-11-01 15.9 6.4
2012-12-01 16.5 6.5
2013-01-01 16.8 6.5
2013-02-01 16.3 6.3
2013-03-01 16.1 6.2
2013-04-01 16.3 6.2
2013-05-01 16.3 6.1
2013-06-01 16.0 6.2
2013-07-01 15.4 6.0
2013-08-01 15.7 5.9
2013-09-01 15.1 6.0
2013-10-01 14.8 6.0
2013-11-01 14.1 5.9
2013-12-01 13.4 5.6
2014-01-01 14.1 5.3
2014-02-01 14.5 5.4
2014-03-01 14.6 5.4
2014-04-01 13.0 5.2
2014-05-01 13.3 5.2
2014-06-01 13.1 5.0
2014-07-01 13.5 5.0
2014-08-01 13.2 5.0
2014-09-01 13.8 4.7
2014-10-01 12.6 4.7
2014-11-01 12.5 4.8
2014-12-01 12.2 4.5
2015-01-01 12.0 4.6
2015-02-01 11.8 4.5
2015-03-01 12.5 4.4
2015-04-01 11.8 4.5
2015-05-01 12.3 4.5
2015-06-01 11.9 4.2
2015-07-01 11.5 4.2
2015-08-01 11.1 4.1
2015-09-01 11.2 4.1
2015-10-01 11.0 4.1
2015-11-01 11.2 4.2
2015-12-01 11.1 4.0
2016-01-01 10.0 4.0
2016-02-01 10.5 4.0
2016-03-01 10.7 4.1
2016-04-01 11.0 4.1
2016-05-01 10.4 3.9
2016-06-01 10.5 4.0
2016-07-01 10.6 3.9
2016-08-01 10.2 4.1
2016-09-01 10.4 4.2
2016-10-01 10.6 4.0
2016-11-01 10.3 3.9
2016-12-01 10.0 3.9
2017-01-01 10.0 3.9
2017-02-01 9.8 3.9
2017-03-01 9.0 3.7
2017-04-01 9.3 3.6
2017-05-01 8.7 3.7
2017-06-01 9.1 3.6
2017-07-01 8.9 3.6
2017-08-01 8.9 3.7
2017-09-01 9.1 3.5
2017-10-01 9.2 3.4
2017-11-01 9.8 3.4
2017-12-01 9.1 3.4
2018-01-01 9.2 3.3
2018-02-01 9.0 3.4
2018-03-01 8.3 3.3
2018-04-01 8.4 3.3
2018-05-01 8.6 3.1
2018-06-01 8.8 3.2
2018-07-01 8.6 3.1
2018-08-01 8.2 3.1
2018-09-01 8.4 3.0
2018-10-01 8.5 3.1
2018-11-01 8.3 3.1
2018-12-01 8.9 3.2
2019-01-01 9.2 3.2
2019-02-01 9.1 3.0
2019-03-01 8.5 3.1
2019-04-01 8.1 2.9
2019-05-01 8.5 2.9
2019-06-01 7.9 3.0
2019-07-01 8.4 3.0
2019-08-01 8.4 2.9
2019-09-01 7.9 2.8
2019-10-01 8.0 2.9
2019-11-01 8.1 2.9
2019-12-01 8.3 2.9
2020-01-01 8.5 2.9
2020-02-01 7.9 2.9
2020-03-01 10.0 3.6
2020-04-01 27.4 13.0
2020-05-01 25.1 11.5
2020-06-01 20.4 9.7
2020-07-01 18.4 9.0
2020-08-01 14.7 7.5
2020-09-01 13.6 7.0
2020-10-01 11.8 6.2
2020-11-01 11.6 6.0
2020-12-01 12.6 5.9
2021-01-01 11.3 5.6
2021-02-01 11.0 5.6
2021-03-01 10.9 5.3
2021-04-01 10.8 5.3
2021-05-01 10.1 5.1
2021-06-01 9.7 5.4
2021-07-01 9.5 4.8
2021-08-01 9.8 4.5
2021-09-01 8.8 4.1
2021-10-01 8.5 3.9
2021-11-01 8.4 3.6
2021-12-01 8.2 3.3
2022-01-01 8.3 3.4
2022-02-01 8.3 3.2
2022-03-01 8.2 2.9
2022-04-01 7.9 3.0
2022-05-01 7.9 3.0
2022-06-01 8.1 3.0
2022-07-01 7.9 2.8
2022-08-01 8.0 3.0
2022-09-01 8.3 2.8
2022-10-01 8.1 3.0
2022-11-01 8.2 3.0
2022-12-01 8.2 2.8
2023-01-01 8.0 2.8
2023-02-01 8.1 2.9
2023-03-01 7.5 2.9
2023-04-01 6.5 2.9
2023-05-01 7.4 3.0
2023-06-01 7.5 3.0
2023-07-01 8.0 2.8
2023-08-01 8.6 3.0
2023-09-01 8.4 3.0
2023-10-01 8.8 3.1
2023-11-01 8.0% 3.1%
2023-12-01 8.0% 3.2%
2024-01-01 7.3% 3.2%
2024-02-01 8.8% 3.2%
2024-03-01 8.8% 3.1%
2024-04-01 8.2% 3.2%
2024-05-01 9.2% 3.2%

Notes: Shaded areas represent recessions.

Source: Authors' analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics' Current Population Survey public data.

View the underlying data on epi.org.