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.

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Project Data

Explore the data on youth unemployment

Explore youth unemployment rates in selected metro areas, at the state level, and at the national level by population subgroups. Browse data by monthly, semiannual, and annual statistics that are updated periodically.

To access the data, click here

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