According to this article on MSNBC, under-30 job seekers are taking the hardest hits right now since those employers in a hiring mode can take their pick of experienced job seekers:
percent in December, compared with under 9 percent a year ago,
according to Labor Department figures. That is far worse than the
overall rate of 7.2 percent, up from 4.9 percent a year ago. The rate
for teenage workers, from 16-19, is far worse — approaching 20
percent. For workers in their 30s and older, the rate is still under 7
percent, and generally declines as workers get older.
Apparently it's not just the experience that's issue, either. Younger job seekers are pickier about the jobs they'll take and, according to employers, not as well-prepared for operating in a professional work environment.