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.
“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 – Investors.com.
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