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Youth Employment, Summer 2012

Here's a look at the largest employers of U.S. youth ages 16–24.

Industry Employment Percent
Total 19,461,000 100.0
Leisure and hospitality 5,092,000 26.2
Retail trade 3,772,000 19.4
Education and health services 2,231,000 11.5
Professional and business services 1,380,000 7.1
Government 1,298,000 6.7
Manufacturing 1,278,000 6.6
Other services 870,000 4.5
Construction 771,000 4.0
Financial activities 696,000 3.6
Transportation and utilities 440,000 2.3
Self-employed and unpaid family workers 427,000 2.2
Agriculture and related industries 419,000 2.2
Information 340,000 1.7
Wholesale trade 319,000 1.6
Mining 128,000 0.7
Source: U.S. Department of Labor.