Georgia has the highest teen unemployment rate in the country, according to an annual study released Monday.

An analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the Employment Policies Institute shows that Georgia posted the highest teen unemployment rate when it is averaged over a 12-month period ending this January.

Twenty-five states had teen unemployment rates averaging above 25 percent, according to the most recent data available, which is for January, the Employment Policies Institute said.

Top Ten States in Teen Unemployment Rates (12-month average through January 2011)

1. Georgia — 37.3 percent

2. California — 34.2 percent

3. South Carolina — 33.3 percent

4. Washington — 33.2 percent

5. Nevada — 32.9 percent

6. Mississippi — 32.6 percent

7. Florida — 30.9 percent

8. Arizona — 30.9 percent

9. Alabama — 30.6 percent

10. Michigan — 28.9 percent

– Henry Unger, The Biz Beat