Policy Documents

Teen Unemployment in Iowa

Amy K. Frantz –
August 1, 2012

For many teens in Iowa, a job is not only a means of earning spending money or saving for a college education, it is a way to gain experience, both at a particular job and the general responsibilities that go along with holding a job. And for those teenagers that graduate from high school and decide not to go on to college, they must find jobs to support themselves and possibly their families. Those who do go to college may work to support their educational endeavors. However, this category of workers often faces difficulty in finding a job. Unemployment rates in Iowa are consistently higher for teens age 16-19 years old and for high school graduates age 18-20 years old than they are for the Iowa workforce as a whole.