Projects

Tracking Youth Unemployment During the COVID-19 Pandemic

2020 – 2022

Project Overview

Objective

This project provides publicly available and timely data on youth unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic to help policymakers, foundations, and other key stakeholders who directly serve youth to target their resources and programs more effectively.

Project Motivation

This project aims to help policymakers, foundations, and other key stakeholders who invest in programs for disconnected youth understand the economic challenges young people are facing and target their resources more effectively. Leveraging youth unemployment data that are timely and geographic- and population-specific, the project provides publicly accessible data and engaging infographics on youth unemployment each month.

Prepared For

Schultz Family Foundation

With many states introducing shelter-in-place orders in the beginning of March 2020, the unemployment rate in the United States jumped from a decade-low 3.5 percent in February to 14.7 percent in April, far exceeding the level of unemployment experienced during the Great Recession.

The situation for youth has been particularly alarming—within two months, unemployment increased from 7.7 to 27.4 percent. The Tracking Youth Unemployment During the COVID-19 Pandemic project, funded by the Schultz Family Foundation, provides publicly available and timely data on youth unemployment in selected metro areas, at the state level, and at the national level by population subgroups. These geographic- and population-specific data can help policymakers, foundations, and other key stakeholders who directly serve youth to target their resources and programs more effectively.

Using micro-level data from the monthly Current Population Surveys and compiling monthly statistics from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Labor Force Surveys, this project is developing monthly, semi-annual, and annual data series on youth unemployment beginning with 2010 and disseminating findings via monthly infographics.

  • Monthly youth unemployment rates: This series covers three-monthly averages for youth unemployment in six selected large metro areas, three-monthly averages for youth unemployment in twenty states, and monthly youth unemployment rates at the national level by subgroups.
  • Semi-annual youth unemployment rates: This series covers semi-annual youth unemployment rates in 15 to 25 selected large metro areas.
  • National youth unemployment rates: This series covers youth unemployment rates in selected large metro areas, at the state and national level. The national level data are disaggregated by subgroups.


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