States with the most unemployed young people

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After taking a look at unemployment among young adults in Connecticut, we wanted to expand the scope to all states.

Mississippi, Arizona, Washington, and Michigan have the worst unemployment rates in the country for people in their early 20s, according to 2014 figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At the height of the recession in 2010, Alabama, South Carolina, Nevada, and Indiana lead the country in unemployment for Millennials, with nearly one in five without a job. The job market in those states bounced back, though not at the same level from before the Great Recession.

Michigan’s unemployment has fluctuated over the years but, generally, the rate has gone up over the past decade.

States with the smallest unemployment rate among the young include North Dakota, Nebraska, and Iowa.

Florida’s unemployment rate actually rose between 2013 and 2014 — from 10.8 percent to 12.7 percent. Washington and Oregon have also seen increases during the past couple years.

For contrast, here’s what total unemployment rate for all age groups look like per state.

What do you think?

  • bourqueman77

    I told my daughter’s that are in college to find another state. The taxes lack of investment in new businesses and the corporate exile should wake our l leaders up but no. Education is expensive and the Ct students go out of state and don’t look back.