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54.4 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds employed in July 2021, up from 46.7 percent in July 2020

August 23, 2021

In July 2021, 54.4 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds had a job. This was up from 46.7 percent in July 2020, when youth employment was unusually low due to the COVID–19 pandemic, but down from 56.2 percent in July 2019.

Employment–population ratios of 16- to 24-year-olds by sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity in July, not seasonally adjusted, 2019 to 2021
Sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity July 2021 July 2020 July 2019

Total

60.5% 57.3% 61.8%

Sex

Men

61.8 58.4 63.2

Women

59.1 56.2 60.4

Race and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

White

62.8 59.4 64.1

Black or African American

55.1 52.5 58.3

Asian

44.6 42.9 44.6

Hispanic or Latino ethnicity

56.8 54.4 57.8

Employment–population ratios were higher in July 2021 than they were a year earlier for young men (55.1 percent), women (53.7 percent), Whites (57.2 percent), Blacks (47.6 percent), Asians (39.1 percent), and Hispanics (50.2 percent). However, for each of these groups the ratios in July 2021 were lower than July 2019.

These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see “Employment and Unemployment among Youth — Summer 2021.” People whose ethnicity is Hispanic or Latino may be of any race.

SUGGESTED CITATION

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, 54.4 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds employed in July 2021, up from 46.7 percent in July 2020 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2021/54-4-percent-of-16-to-24-year-olds-employed-in-july-2021-up-from-46-7-percent-in-july-2020.htm (visited December 09, 2021).

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