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Obamanomics: Just 55.3 Percent of Americans Between 16 and 29 Have Jobs
CNN via Fox Nation ^ | 12/30/2011 | Brad Chase

Posted on 12/30/2011 9:16:54 AM PST by Qbert

Have the youth given up on Obama?

By Brad Chase - Special to CNN

In 2008, the youth vote helped sweep Barack Obama into office.  Americans 18-29 spread the word on social media, energized fundraising and went to the polls.

In 2012, the youth vote is moving on and throwing those omnipresent “Hope” bumper stickers and t-shirts in garbage bins.  

Not because of apathy.  Not because another candidate generates more enthusiasm.  Not because of his character.  Not because they think voting is pointless.  The 18-29 vote is up for grabs in 2012 because youth can’t afford cars to put bumper stickers on and those t-shirts are worn out from too many days sitting on the couch unemployed.  

The sobering reality:  just 55.3 percent of Americans between 16 and 29 have jobs.  And earlier this year, Americans’ student loan debt surpassed credit card debt for the first time ever.  

(Excerpt) Read more at nation.foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: college; debt; jobless; jobs; loans; obamanomics; occupy; unemployed; unemployment; youth

1 posted on 12/30/2011 9:17:00 AM PST by Qbert
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To: Qbert

Lazy bastards.


2 posted on 12/30/2011 9:23:39 AM PST by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: Qbert

Like many people in our society, many youth are paid to be unemployed.


3 posted on 12/30/2011 9:23:59 AM PST by PGR88 (Sic transit gloria mundi)
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To: petercooper

they’re “occupied”


4 posted on 12/30/2011 9:24:23 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: Qbert

That’s odd.

When I was a young person, there were all sorts of jobs I did: Construction, landscaping, working in a kitchen, working in a laundry, and working in a warehouse. My friends worked at car washes, painting, even on a farm.

Why don’t we have any of these businesses today? Or why aren’t they hiring? Or maybe there aren’t any young people?


5 posted on 12/30/2011 9:25:54 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I can’t get a job with my $100,000 Greek Studies degree! Ha ha.


6 posted on 12/30/2011 9:27:36 AM PST by petercooper (2012 - Purge more RINO's.)
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To: South Hawthorne
As a teenager, I pushed a broom to clean the school, I picked peaches (yuck - sweaty peach fuzz is n-a-s-t-y), I was a night watchman, I tutored other students, I cooked burgers 'n' dogs in a burger joint, I even (gulp) played bass guitar in a band.

The unions never knew it, I suppose.

7 posted on 12/30/2011 9:31:22 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: South Hawthorne

Or maybe there are a lot of illegals branching out across our lands.


8 posted on 12/30/2011 9:31:45 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Obamaa+ Downgrade)
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To: Qbert
Why buy the cow, when the milk is free?

4th Generation welfare "families" don't have a need for work....they can live off others, deal drugs for supplemental income, and raid Whitey's business or home for "extras".

9 posted on 12/30/2011 9:37:28 AM PST by traditional1 (Free speech for me.....not for thee)
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To: Michael Barnes
Or maybe there are a lot of illegals branching out across our lands.

But... but... they're just doing the jobs Americans don't want, aren't they?

That's one of the MANY costs illegals exact on our country. When I did these jobs, I worked with young people from many different backgrounds, but we all learned what it meant to hold a job, what it took to keep that job, and the satisfaction of earning a paycheck.

Walk by/into any of these jobs today, and you'll find armies of illegals working for $8/hr under the table. Cheaper for the business owner, and a damn good living for an illegal. No worries about taxes, insurance, or anything else for either party.

And really, it's a victimless crime, right? No one gets hurt but society at large.

10 posted on 12/30/2011 9:38:08 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Qbert

Junk “factoid” journalism.

No indication if this number is up or down.

Nor reason to doubt that it includes full-time students who wouldn’t necessarily even want jobs.


11 posted on 12/30/2011 9:53:35 AM PST by Atlas Sneezed (Author of BullionBible.com - Makes You a Precious Metal Expert, Guaranteed.)
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To: Qbert

My soon to be 18 yr olds both have jobs. One of them is considering picking up a second. My college student daughter waits tables while at school and is working two jobs at home during break.


12 posted on 12/30/2011 9:58:23 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Disgusted with it all.)
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To: Qbert

Wonder what the percentages would be if they removed the 16 and 17 year olds from the data.


13 posted on 12/30/2011 10:02:16 AM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Beelzebubba

I totally agree. The 16-29 range seems like a ridiculous one to use. It includes both young adults, who should be working and high school and college students who might or might not want or need jobs.

A 23-29 year old range would seem much more useful to me.

I have no doubt Obamanomics is a disaster, but this statistic is useless.


14 posted on 12/30/2011 10:07:54 AM PST by Above My Pay Grade
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To: Qbert

Bfl


15 posted on 12/30/2011 10:13:03 AM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Qbert
There's a few less tax preparation jobs because according to a website we cannot use here, prison inmates have registered with the IRS as tax preparers.
16 posted on 12/30/2011 10:46:52 AM PST by MamaDearest
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To: Qbert

I am a little unhappy with the sample including 16, 17, and high school aged 18 year olds.

I am all for them having a job, but, I don’t think it’s an indication of laziness if they don’t.

We have compulsory education in America, these kids are largely supposed to be full time students.

Also, for the 18-22 crowd, I am all for working, again, but if they are “just” going to college full time I don’t think it is a national emergency.

I’d like to see the stats for the 23-29 year olds; those who aren’t in heavy duty graduate school, med school etc., or who aren’t disabled; they should be working.


17 posted on 12/30/2011 10:51:37 AM PST by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: South Hawthorne

Same here when I was a kid I could apply at just about any joint and guaranteed I’d be hired. I went through 20 jobs till I turned 18. Started working at 14. It’s different now. There are two people in my family who have been out of work for a long time, both coming from long term jobs, that cannot find work period. And not for lack of trying. It’s brutal out there. Brother was denied unemployment 3 months ago and is becoming homeless.


18 posted on 12/30/2011 11:22:57 AM PST by kelly4c
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To: South Hawthorne

Those are the jobs the illegals have taken over as a career.


19 posted on 12/30/2011 11:26:30 AM PST by 38special (you can't make this stuff up)
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