For Americans between the ages of 18 and 29, the unemploymentrate hit 12.8 percent in June, according to Generation Opportunity,a grassroots organization connected with young Americans.

Generation Opportunity also finds that the declining laborparticipation rate has created an additional 1.735million young adults that are not considered unemployed by theBureau of Labor Statistics because they are not in the labor forceas they are no longer looking for work with the lack of jobs. Whencalculating the labor force participation rate into the overall 18to 29 youth unemployment rate, the actual unemployment rateincreases to 16.8 percent.

In response to the June 2012 jobs numbers, GenerationOpportunity President Paul T. Conway, former chief of stafffor the Department of Labor and Office of Personnel Management,responded to the June 2012 jobs numbers, saying, “Foryoung Americans, through no fault of their own, their story is oneof few opportunities, delayed dreams and stalledcareers. Today's unemployment numbers tell the story ofmillions of young Americans who are paying the price for the failedpolicies coming out of Washington that have inhibitedeconomic opportunity and job creation. Despite the challengesthey face, this generation is not asking what their country can dofor them.

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