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Labor force share and unemployment rate, by age, 1979–2011

Change
1979 1989 2000 2007 2011 1979–2007 2007–2011
Share of labor force
Age 16–19 9.2% 6.4% 5.8% 4.6% 3.7% -4.6 -0.9
20–24 15.0 11.4 10.0 9.9 9.9 -5.1 0.0
25–34 26.6 29.0 23.0 21.6 22.0 -5.0 0.3
35–44 18.8 24.7 26.3 23.2 21.3 4.4 -1.9
45–54 16.1 16.1 21.8 23.3 23.0 7.2 -0.3
55 and over 14.3 12.4 13.1 17.3 20.1 3.0 2.8
All 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
Unemployment rate
Age 16–19 16.1% 15.0% 13.1% 15.7% 24.4% -0.4 8.7
20–24 9.2 6.9 7.2 8.2 14.6 -1.0 6.4
25–34 4.4 5.2 3.7 4.7 9.5 0.3 4.8
35–44 3.6 3.8 3.0 3.5 7.3 -0.1 3.9
45–54 3.2 3.2 2.5 3.2 7.1 0.0 3.9
55 and over 3.0 3.1 2.6 3.1 6.6 0.1 3.5
All 5.9 5.3 4.0 4.6 9.0 -1.2 4.3

Note: Percentage-point change shown in last two columns may not sum correctly due to rounding.

Source: Authors' analysis of Current Population Survey public data series

Updated May 15, 2012

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