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US – Teens employment tumbles

Teen employment has plummeted in a trend that long predates the Great Recession, worrying economists across the political spectrum. In the current labor market, any black mark can doom a worker: lack of education, inexperience, even a presumed sense of not needing the work enough. Teens are at the bottom of the totem pole, with all those strikes against them.

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“Most businesses don’t wake up and say, ‘I’ve got a job to fill. Let me go find an inexperienced worker with no transportation,'” said John Hogan, CEO of the San Jose-based advocacy group TeenForce, which tries to make that a more palatable choice for employers.

“We have a large cohort of youth with no work experience, even in their 20s,” said Keith Hall, a former commissioner at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “There’s a big chunk of people who are long-term unemployed who have never had a job. There’s almost certainly more who are discouraged.”

Chosen excerpts by Job Market Monitor. Read the whole story at Share Of Teens Working Tumbles 42% Since 2000 In Labor Market Crisis –

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