A look at teen unemployment in this country reveals that half of the states are above the national average. Sadly, Mississippi is among six southeastern states to make the top 10.
According to the Employment Policies Institute, the Magnolia state ranks 7th at 30.6 percent, as of April 2011.
That figure is based on a 12-month average using Census Bureau data.
Nationally, the teen unemployment rate stands at 24.2 percent.
The picture worsens when the analysis is broadened to include discourage teens that have given up looking for work.
The jobless rate then averages above 27 percent in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
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