June 1, 2012

Young adult employment during the recent recession

Percent of young adults born in 1980–1981 employed in June 2007 and percent of young adults born in 1982–1983 employed in June 2009, by selected characteristics
Characteristic Born in 1980–1981 Born in 1982–1983

Total men

87.3 79.9

White non-Hispanic

89.3 82.0

Black non-Hispanic

76.1 70.5

Hispanic or Latino

89.5 80.6

Less than a high school diploma

77.6 63.8

High school diploma, no college

89.3 78.1

Some college or a degree

90.9 88.1

Total women

77.4 73.5

White non-Hispanic

78.0 74.9

Black non-Hispanic

72.1 68.0

Hispanic or Latino

81.4 73.6

Less than a high school diploma

57.2 55.2

High school diploma, no college

70.8 67.1

Some college or a degree

85.4 82.8

These data are featured in the TED article, Young adult employment during the recent recession.