Todayâ€™s jobs numbers were disappointing, with the US staying above 8% unemployment for yet another month. But while the overall rate was unchanged at 8.2%, the unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds ticked up to 15.4% in June 2012, an increase from Mayâ€™s 15.0% unemployment rate.
This increase comes despite seasonal adjustments by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unadjusted, the unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds is up over a full point, to 16.3% in June up from 15.3% in May 2012.
â€œThis summer is particularly tough on young people who are looking for jobs. Between May and June, the number of unemployed 18 to 24 year olds went up by 413,000,â€ said Derek Flowers, Executive Director of Crossroads Generation.
The economy is the top issue for young voters. Harvardâ€™s Institute of Politics has found in their Spring 2012 survey that the economy and jobs were the top concern for voters 18-29, and also found that â€œcreating jobs and lowering the unemployment rateâ€ was the issue of greatest concern in issue match-up questions.
â€œThese numbers are brutal, and are the big reason why young voters are up for grabs this year,â€ said Kristen Soltis, communications advisor to Crossroads Generation. â€œYoung Americans want to know who is going to get them working again, and these data cast doubt on the Presidentâ€™s ability to prove he can.â€