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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Add It Up: Metro Atlanta's young and jobless

Percent unemployment rate in the United States: 10

Percent unemployment rate in metro Atlanta: 10.1

Rank of metro Atlanta, among all metro areas, for largest number of Generation Xers per capita: 2

Rank in unemployment of metro Atlanta's 25-to-39 demographic, among all age groups in metro region: 1

Last time the unemployment rate for metro Atlanta 25-to-39-year-olds was so high: 1982

Percent decrease in average monthly wages of 25-to-34-year-old metro Atlantans from 2000 to 2008: 8.8

Percent increase in average monthly wages of metro Atlanta workers over the age of 65 in that same time period: 23.7

Percentage of Americans age 16 t0 19 who were employed in late 2009: 26

Number of previous years on record that such a small percentage of people in that age group were employed: 0

Sources: Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Regional Commission, Reuters

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