Oregon added hundreds of thousands of new jobs while recovering from the Great Recession and the unemployment rate declined to a record low in 2017. In these economic conditions, even teenagers and young adults are finding jobs.

Unemployment rates for Oregon youth increased drastically during the recession and are currently below their pre-recession levels. In 2017, unemployment rates for Oregon teens ages 16 to 19 was 9.5 percent, which was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1978. This was a large drop from a year before when the unemployment rate for teens was 20.0 percent.

The unemployment rate for Oregon young adults ages 20 to 24 was also the lowest unemployment rate recorded for this age category.

With employers having a difficult time filling job vacancies, a record low unemployment rate, and continued job growth, young workers have the opportunity to move to other jobs and gain experience in a wide range of occupations.

Read the complete Oregon Employment Department article, Unemployment Rates for Oregon’s Youth – Lowest on Record, for more information.

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