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Change Indicator

Unemployed teens age 16 to 19 in United States

Unemployed teens age 16 to 19

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Note: Non-consecutive years appear adjacent in the trend line
because one or more years have been deselected.

Why This Indicator Matters

While many unemployed teens may be enrolled in school, developing job skills and experience can be instrumental in the transition to adulthood. It is critical that teens stay engaged in either school or the workforce, or both, but detachment from those settings can keep youth from developing the skills and knowledge needed to access to good jobs and higher wages in the future.
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Definition and Source



Population ages 16 to 19 who are unemployed or not in the labor force. The civilian labor force includes persons who are employed and those who are unemployed but looking for work.

Data Source

PRB analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey table B14005.


S - Estimates suppressed when the confidence interval around the percentage is greater than or equal to 10 percentage points.

N.A. - Data not available.

Data are provided for the 50 most populous cities according to the most recent Census counts. Cities for which data are collected may change over time.

Use caution when comparing congressional districts over time. Congressional district boundaries may change between decennial censuses. Annual data for each congressional district refers to the boundaries for that district in that year.

A 90 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at Unemployed teens age 16 to 19.

Last Updated

November 2023