Employment for young people in the nation’s 100 largest cities declined sharply in the previous decade, far worse than for any other age group, according to a new Brookings Institution report. That left many teenagers and people in their early 20s without work.
The most pronounced drop in employment rates for all adults of working age was for teens 16-19. The employment rate dropped to 26 percent in 2011 from 45 percent in 2000, Brookings said. In the St. Louis area, 31 percent of residents aged 16-19 were employed in 2012 compared with 47 percent in 2000, according to the report.