Youth unemployment is a multiple of adult levels
It often takes a while for young people to “stick” in the job market.
According to research by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, there are several reasons for this. Employers often look for job experience, and people entering the workforce don’t have it. And there’s also the tendency for the young to “shop around” as they choose a career.
This chart shows the relationship between youth (age 15-24) and adult (age 25-64) unemployment in OECD countries. In all countries, youth unemployment is higher. In countries with a high rate of adult joblessness, such as Italy and Brazil, youth unemployment approaches a staggering 30 percent.