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10 Years Of Disappearing Teen Jobs

Want to see what a structural change in the U.S. economy looks like?

The chart below tells the employment story for U.S. teens between the ages of 16 and 19 using the latest jobs data reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Only this time, we've broken the story into two different categories: one for teens between the ages of 16 and 17 and another for teens between the ages of 18 and 19.

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Some quick notes about the civilian noninstitutional population of U.S. teens during the ten years from January 2005 through January 2015:

  • Looking just at U.S. teens between the ages of 16 and 17 from January 2005 through January 2015, their numbers start out at 8,866,000, rise to peak at 9,419,000 in October 2006 before slowly declining to their lowest number in the period of 8,466,000 in August 2011 and rising once again