Skip to comments.Teenage Wasteland: Jobless Rate For Young Is 25%—and Rising
Posted on 04/14/2011 8:53:19 PM PDT by Nachum
A quarter of teenagers were jobless in March, representing a surprising increase from February, even as the unemployment rate for the rest of the population decreased.
This figure may only get worse if budget-strapped states raise the minimum wage, and it could also be a sign of greater structural damage underlying our economy, analysts said.
The unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year olds jumped back up to 24.5 percent in March, up from 23.9 percent the prior month, according to the latest jobs data from the Labor Department.
The total unemployment rate fell to 8.8 percent from 8.9 percent.
Even when comprehending that teen employment is volatile in nature, the data that exists serves up some shock and awe, said Brian Sozzi, a retail research analyst with Wall Street Strategies, in a note Wednesday. If these (wage) increases do go through, the prospect for teen employment will remain grim as employers search for workers with advanced skills to fill positions.
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The Who, Teenage Wasteland
When I was 16 - 18 I worked 15 hours a week as a busboy. When I was 19 I went into the Marine Corps. Just how much “work” do teenagers want/need?? What am I missing here?!
They will stay jobless and Obama will exploit them next summer. It won't be a pretty sight to see.
Illegals fill teen jobs, from delivering papers to running a fryolator, picking vegetables, car washes, construction gopher, and so on. Low wage, part time, seasonal jobs used to be how kids entered the job market.
It depends. The 16-19 age group includes kids trying to work their way through college or kids who decide to work full time after graduating from high school.
I would have a LOT more empathy for these youths if they hadn't been so in love with the Marxist. I still remember seeing photos of college kids hugging and crying that dark election night (I was crying also, but for far different reasons).
This age group was not even old enough to vote for Obama in the election, they did not cause the economy to crash, they did not create the housing bubble. We have to enter a job market that is not hiring, or go to schools we can not afford.
20 and under is the only innocent age group in this country. If you are older you contributed to this mess that we will have to clean up for the rest of our lifes. How about instead of mocking the children, you apologize to them?
In Southern California there is zero market for teenagers...all the jobs are taken by ‘recent immigrants’.
The real unemployment rate for everyone (U6) is actually 16.9%, so I wonder what the real figure is for young people?
When they raised the minimum wage to over seven bucks an hour that killed youth employment. Sheesh you can not even get a part time job. Another payoff to the unions that Obama orchestrated.
Young people used to be able to get jobs.... now things have certainly CHANGED!
Maybe they will wise up in 2012!
Welcome to the New Normal.
All socialist societies are like this.
I do fail to understand the ignorance of today’s young generation. Are they simply not educated or are they indoctrinated? Not sure what is happening today but the younger folks ought to be rebelling against taxes and the administrations policies. They are the beneficiaries of the wrong decisions of today...(and Obama expects them to vote for him...).
How much it costs to go to college - almost $15,000 tuition and fees at our State University, my alma mater. A teen would have to work almost 48 hours a week for 52 weeks to earn a year’s tuition.
When I went to school, that could be earned in a summertime. Not to mention that, but I actually had real live associate and full professors teaching me. My lecture classes held 150 people, and *that* was considered huge. Nowadays, classes are taught by teaching assistants; professors that retire aren’t replaced. The salary is just split up to hire a lot of benefit-less grad students. Lecture classes have 500 people in them. Kids leave with $35,000 worth of debt, and no jobs.
It’s a different world than the one we went to college in.
>In Southern California there is zero market for teenagers...all the jobs are taken by recent immigrants.<
I just learned from an acquaintance of mine a week ago that Universal Studios which is 10 minutes away from me already made their summer staff hires. White kids get the speaking tour gigs while the mexican kids get the “in the back” jobs. They got more than 10,000 applications for 700 jobs as what I’ve been told. The ones from the previous summer get seniority as usual.
Today’s 16 to 19 years olds couldn’t have voted for Obama. Your resentment is misplaced.
If you want to be happy that a group of young people are getting their dreams smashed, gloat over the college grads collecting their sheepskins next month. There’s no work out there for them, and what there is doesn’t pay enough to cover their student loans. Rub your hands over *their* misfortune.
Err, the “that” that I could earn in a summertime during the 70s was *tuition*, not 15K. Tuition was only 500 or 600 a year back them. $760 a year when I left.
Well they need jobs to get jobs.
It’s not our fault.
Now they can pay their taxes. My retirement is underfunded. :)
I remember that well. I’d go down to the unemployment office, pick a job from the listings and I’d go check it out and if I wanted it, I’d take it.
“Bush’s fault” /s
You are absolutely correct Wiggins. My youngest has been in this situation for the past several months - apply, apply, apply - take assessment after assessment - had 4 interviews total out of hundreds of applications. Thankfully I can report though, he finally landed a full time job - minimum wage, entry level at Jiffy Lube (vacuuming cars and putting stickers on windshields) and starts Monday!
“You must take a test that they never tell you if you passed or not and no one ever calls you back. Yet when you go to the store or company you see people who can hardly speak English working there.”
That is so true, and it is getting worse. This is not just happening with landscapers & janitors anymore; I see it more & more with banks, supermarket cashiers, and even telemarketers (where years ago your initial call for the job was a type of interview - your phone manner and pronunciation were critical - and now you get calls from “Americans” that are barely intelligible). In my area (northern NJ) you can’t even get a job that requires interaction with people unless you speak Spanish or Portuguese (though they are expanding - I’m seeing ads requiring Hindi or Urdu as well); English speaking customers are just out of luck, having to deal with employees speaking English at a third-grade level.
That’s right; that is why the young (predominantly African) youth in France riot. There is no work, and little hope of any coming along.
“I still remember seeing photos of college kids hugging and crying that dark election night”
Those idiots probably believed Obomo Kenyatta would hate white people less if elected; that didn’t happen, and those people have all day to reflect on it - they won’t be working for a while. While they can’t profess to have lost faith in Obama, I suspect there will be few votes for him next year from this gang; they have a lot of motivation to vote for anyone else that might deliver jobs.
“Illegals fill teen jobs, from delivering papers to running a fryolator, picking vegetables, car washes, construction gopher, and so on.”
Here in NJ the “paperboy” has been replaced by a beat-up van driving slowly down your street in the dark, with the undocumented driver and another in the passenger seat tossing newspapers into people’s driveways. Also, in NW Jersey, when you take the children up to the farms to pick pumpkins & such; you’d think you were in the cartels’ prime growing area. American owners, and 100% Hispanic (undocumented, non-English speaking) workforce.
I can’t count all the jobs I did back in my teens and that was during the early 80’s when the economy sucked. Cut grass, busboy, pumping gas, picking fruit, delivering papers, packing boxes, washing cars, raking leaves, shoveling snow, dog walker. My best friend would look for old lawnmowers during junk day, fix them and sell them he made enough to buy two cars.
Our parents would not give us a thing except food and clothes.
These kids need to lose their portable communication devices and the entitlement attitude and get to work.
25% is probably a low figure and still the vast majority of young voters will still vote for the marxist poser.
Though Israel is being thrown under the bus by the marxist poser, American Jews will too vote for him.
Fags, Teachers, unionists and woman who think he has a pretty smile too will vote obammy.
I applied for a few jobs that way recently. If you take the test and complete it a pop up window opens asking if your getting certain types of government assistance. No. Your application goes to the circular file, yes, you get called in for the job. Why? The company gets a tax credit for hiring such folks.
The kids can get through the test, but not the government assistance junk as their parents get that, not them or their parents are gainfully employed making the kids ineligible.
And I don't care if the kids wears a $2000 Brooks Brothers suit to the office every day and sings in the church choir. If I see him on the street during non-work hours dressed like a thug, I will fire him the very next he shows up for work
Like reading, writing and basic math.
Well, the YOUNG version of him, anyhow...now he’s just a Creepy Old Guy, LOL!
Some here! Problem is many of the adults are exactly the same way.
Nice try, mate, but I did not contribute to this. I did not support the wreckless policies that created this. As for the youth in this demographic, those who were not old enough to vote in the 2008 presidential election still expressed support for either Obama or his policies. There was considerable youth culture support for this wanker. Moreover, those who were of voting age in 2008 are not greatly removed from the age group cited in this article. That places many of the young and first-time voters in your generation. I can forgive the intemperance of youth because we all make mistakes when we are young, but I am far less tolerant of those who would choose to support these policies in another go around.
Also, do you somehow think that yours is the first generation to face great challenges? If so, you should have paid greater attention in your history classes.
I wonder what portion of the 25% get dressed in clothes suitable to the work they want, go out knocking on doors, filling out applications, and when asked “When can you start?” say “well, right now sir”.
Probably not many.
Glad to hear he found a job. I have an acquaintance who is a retired U.S. Navy officer who applied for a part time position at a nearby Home Depot and was shocked over how confusing the test was. When he did not receive a call for sometime he spoke to one of the the managers who told him that is was probably how he answered the questions. What was disheartening to him was the high number of Hispanics working in the store that speak little English and could not have possibly past the test. I applied also and had to agree with him.
Thanks! And as far as the retired Navy Officer is concerned... that REALLY pisses me off and makes me wonder if someone somewhere is making a living off the workers (legal or not) who don’t speak good English - by charging them a fee for sitting at a computer and filling out those online assessments for them.
I know people who mark down that they are Hispanic when they’re clearly not and they get interviews and jobs much easier as long as they are not asked if they can speak Spanish. Take care.
This is the first generation that will have to pay for the debt that every other generation in our nations history accumulated. We are screwed, and it is not our fault. Our entire lives we are going to be slaves to our parents and grandparents greed. They took and took and took now getting government benefits that we pay for but will never see. The past few generations managed to take the greatest country in the world and reduce it to this, but there is no apologizing from them. Some how it is our fault.
If you did not contribute to this, surely if you find it easy to blame an entire generation that is innocent than you can apologize on behalf of one that is guilty.