This is an actual quote from Mitt Romney from Mitt Romney.com:
“I think this is a time when young people are questioning the support they gave to President Obama three and a half years ago. He promised bringing the country together; that sure hasn’t happened. He promised a future with good jobs and good opportunity; that hasn’t happened. And the pathway that he pursued is one which has not worked. Young people recognize that and I think that’s why they’re going to increasingly look for a different approach.” –Mitt Romney
Below the quote, there are links to the “facts” that support his data. Two links to the same Time Magazine article written by Josh Sanburn (which I haven’t read) from February of this year, there’s a couple of links to the Bureau of Labor Statistics website and some more links to articles .
Here’s the thing: Mitt Romney is hoping that you won’t research any farther than that. He’s hoping that he can convince you that President Obama hasn’t done enough and he’s handing you little tidbits that support his claim.
So, I did the research myself. Below is a chart. This is the annual unemployment rate (seasonally adjusted) from 1948 until 2011. I’ve broken the data down by age: 16 – 24 and over 25. The third line is the combined annual unemployment rate. I obtained the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics site. (Side note: If you love data, like I love data, you could spend hours on this site running queries!)
Here’s the thing: Romney is trying to make you think that somehow our youth have it so much worse than the rest of us and President Obama is responsible for it. However; the truth is that the unemployment rate for 16 – 24 year olds has always been higher than the unemployment rate for the rest of the population.