Unemployment rate for youth in cities still too high, experts say

Mar 19, 2017

State employment numbers released March 10 by the Department of Labor point to an improving job market, but younger Connecticut residents, especially those in cities, are not celebrating.

While the state added 5,700 jobs in January and the unemployment rate stands at 4.5 percent — less than half the rate during the height of the recession — the unemployment rate at the end of 2015 for young people was 10.10 percent, according to the 2016 State of Working Connecticut Report. While the numbers are not broken down for young people who live in cities, economists and youth advocates said the rate in urban areas is likely around 20 percent.

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