August 22, 2012 (The Editor’s Desk is updated each business day.)

Youth employment in summer 2012

Employed persons ages 16 to 24, by industry, July 2012, not seasonally adjusted
Industry Employment Percent


19,461,000 100.0

Leisure and hospitality

5,092,000 26.2

Retail trade

3,772,000 19.4

Education and health services

2,231,000 11.5

Professional and business services

1,380,000 7.1


1,298,000 6.7


1,278,000 6.6

Other services

870,000 4.5


771,000 4.0

Financial activities

696,000 3.6

Transportation and utilities

440,000 2.3

Self-employed and unpaid family workers

427,000 2.2

Agriculture and related industries

419,000 2.2


340,000 1.7

Wholesale trade

319,000 1.6


128,000 0.7

These data are featured in the TED article, Youth employment in summer 2012.



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