The 13 States With The Worst Youth Unemployment Problems

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This economic down turn has hit young people particularly hard.Youth unemployment is higher than it has been in decades, so we got curious about where it’s especially bad and started doing research.

We went through the 2010 Bureau of labour Statistics’ state unemployment figures for 20-24 year olds. (The next bracket up was 25-34, and we thought that included people that were a bit too old for our purposes.) That said, the data reflects what is happening to people just entering the work force.

All of these states have rates of above 17%. And what we found is that it is hardest to be young person in the Southeast. States south of the Mason-Dixon line dominate this list.

Now all we have to do is figure why, and of course, how to fix it.

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title=”Washington”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (ages 20-24): 17.3%

Youth Unemployment Rate (ages 16-19): 34.1%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 101,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.2%

Governor: Christine Gregoire (D)”
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title=”Arizona”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 17.5%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 31.5%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 89,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.4%

Governor: Jan Brewer (R)”
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title=”Mississippi”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 17.8%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 33.2%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 43,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.9%

Governor: Haley Barbour (R)”
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title=”Florida”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 18.2%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-24): 31.4%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 220,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 11.1%

Governor: Rick Scott (R)”
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title=”North Carolina”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 18.4%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 27%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 124,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

Governor: BeverlyPerdue (D)”
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title=”Georgia”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 18.4%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 36.3%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 129,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.7%

Governor: Nathan Deal (R)”
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title=”Kentucky”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 18.5%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 25.4%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 61,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.3%

Governor: Steve Bashear (D)”
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title=”Ohio”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 18.9%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 23.6%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 175,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.1%

Governor: John Kasich (R)”
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title=”California”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 19%

Youth Unemployment Rate: (16-19): 34.4%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 545,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 12.2%

Governor: Edmund Brown (D)”
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title=”West Virginia”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 19.1%

Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 29.9%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 20,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 9.0%

Governor: Earl Ray Tomblin (D)”
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title=”Nevada”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 19.6%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 32.8%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 43,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 14.4%

Governor: Brian Sandoval (R)”
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title=”South Carolina”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 20.6%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 32.1%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 68,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 11.0%

Governor: Nikki Haley (R)”
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title=”Alabama”
content=”Youth Unemployment Rate (20-24): 20.9%

Youth Unemployment Rate (16-19): 30.8%

Number of Unemployed Youth: 68,000

Overall Unemployment Rate: 10.5%

Governor: Robert Bentley (R)”
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title=”Want to know more about how bad this labour market has gotten?”
content=”THE SAD STATE OF WORK IN AMERICA: The Young Sit Idle, The Elderly Work Forever
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