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51.7% of teens in DC unemployed; 36.2% in California
American Thinker ^ | 05/26/2012 | Rick Moran

Posted on 05/26/2012 7:23:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Ah, the Obama economy. Sort of like the Carter economy but without that horrific toothy grin to entertain us.

But as a young man during the Carter years, I can attest to the fact that it was virtually impossible to find a decent job. Even McDonald's was hiring adults desperate for a paycheck to feed their families.

For teenagers in Washington, D.C. and California, finding a job just got a lot harder:

As summer break approaches and school seasons conclude, teens in California will have a more difficult time finding a job than their demographic counterparts in every other state, according to Census Bureau data released by the Employment Policies Institute.

With 36.2 percent of its teens unable to find employment, California leads all other states in teen unemployment - only the District of Columbia, with its 51.7 percent teen unemployment rate, surpasses the Golden State.

Overall, teen unemployment rose in 17 states and Washington, D.C., between April 2011 and April 2012, and fell in 32 states.

Nationally, the teen unemployment rate stands at 24.9 percent, and has averaged above 20 percent for over 40 months. The number of employed teens fell by 14,000 from March to April 2012.

"Although the jobs outlook has improved slightly for summer 2012, teens searching for summer employment are still faced with more competition and less opportunity than past generations," said Michael Saltsman, research fellow at the EPI, in a statement.

When the analysis is broadened to include discouraged teens that have stopped actively looking for work but would still like a job, nearly every state experiences a jump in their teen unemployment rates, according to EPI analysis.


(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: dccalifornia; jobs; unemployment

1 posted on 05/26/2012 7:23:14 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
They should look in Annapolis, MD....we have tons of restaurants and various others places needing people to work desperately. I think the kids could work in Annapolis even living in DC because it is only 30 minutes away.
2 posted on 05/26/2012 7:27:54 AM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well let’s be fair. Obama did promise change didn’t he?


3 posted on 05/26/2012 7:30:23 AM PDT by mort56
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To: SeekAndFind

I live in Arlington and watch the local Washington DC morning news continually. Almost every single day, there’s the reminder of punk kids robbing folks off the METRO or on the street. So far, no one has openly beaten the punks or retaliated in some fashion. Two weeks ago....some punk stole a I-Phone, and a crowd literally chased the kid down and waited for the cops to take over.

The problem is that the kids have given up on some opportunities in life....they don’t see much hope for a job unless it’s a pure-hand-out via their local city council guy.


4 posted on 05/26/2012 7:31:00 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: SeekAndFind

Guess 57% will be missing Trayvon Martin Day in school-—oh wait, Trayvon Martin himself was seldom in school.


5 posted on 05/26/2012 7:40:28 AM PDT by LS ("Castles Made of Sand, Fall in the Sea . . . Eventually (Hendrix))
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To: SeekAndFind
Ah, the Obama economy. Sort of like the Carter economy but without that horrific toothy grin to entertain us.

I disagree! I think The Won is AT LEAST as amusing looking as Crater. Oh, about the economy, that part's true.

6 posted on 05/26/2012 7:41:00 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve never put much stock in these statistics involving “un-employed teens” or, “children living in poverty”.
In many respects, these stories are usually used to smear a Republican administration. For the most part though, a teens major area of responsibility is SCHOOL. A summer job is fine, when it doesn’t burden the parents. Further, a ‘Child living in poverty’ probably doesn’t even know it...


7 posted on 05/26/2012 7:44:02 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: SeekAndFind

These young men are part of the underground economy in some way: drugs, guns, illegal gambling, prostitution, or just good old fashioned under the table work. This is the last area of the free market economy in America, the only regulation is the police, and they are just an overhead expense.


8 posted on 05/26/2012 7:44:38 AM PDT by mission9 (It is by the fruit ye shall know.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These young men are part of the underground economy in some way: drugs, guns, illegal gambling, prostitution, or just good old fashioned under the table work. This is the last area of the free market economy in America, the only regulation is the police, and they are just an overhead expense.


9 posted on 05/26/2012 7:44:58 AM PDT by mission9 (It is by the fruit ye shall know.)
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To: SeekAndFind

These young men are part of the underground economy in some way: drugs, guns, illegal gambling, prostitution, or just good old fashioned under the table work. This is the last area of the free market economy in America, the only regulation is the police, and they are just an overhead expense.


10 posted on 05/26/2012 7:45:15 AM PDT by mission9 (It is by the fruit ye shall know.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Do teenagers want the jobs?

It seems to me more and more of the young FEEL they deserve things without having to work towards buying them.

(I am speaking with limited experience, mostly from local news in Philly.)


11 posted on 05/26/2012 7:45:41 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: LS

OMG...at Malcom X junior high ?


12 posted on 05/26/2012 7:47:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SeekAndFind

The anecdotal evidence is that many jobs in places such as fast food, which years ago were filled by teens/young adults, are now being done by people who were not born in this country.

The anectodal evidence is also that jobs such as housekeeping or domestic help, which in years past were frequently held by black women, are now being done by people who were not born in this country.

Lots of places such as 7-11 have people working there who were not born in this country.

Have we imported a class of people to do lower level jobs, the jobs which at one time provided work to people with less education, or less motivation, or however you want to describe the status of people?


13 posted on 05/26/2012 7:47:40 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: SeekAndFind
and you still can't find a kid to mow lawns...
14 posted on 05/26/2012 7:48:03 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SeekAndFind

I wonder how much child labor laws are affecting the teen unemployment rate. When I was 14 I was working at Hardee’s every day after school 5pm till closing. I think that’s illegal now.


15 posted on 05/26/2012 7:50:14 AM PDT by aomagrat (Gun owners who vote for democrats are too stupid to own guns.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Stores in the local mall are advertising jobs. I suppose many of these are just for summer, but some may lead
to permanent positions. But these young people don't want to work. They don't like the hours, they don't like the pay...whatever. I don't know. I always thought if you need a job, you go out and get it. I guess no one wants to do that anymore.
16 posted on 05/26/2012 7:50:52 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: SeekAndFind

Those D.C. teens....I don’t understand it. You KNOW they got a quality education at Malcom X High School learning how people get arrested for saying disrespectful things about the president. Wait. That’s not just in D.C., is it.


17 posted on 05/26/2012 7:51:59 AM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Some say that people’s attitudes about work and certain jobs have changed. When is the last time you saw a black woman working as a maid? Years ago, many maids or domestic helpers were black women. Some say that today’s young people feel that certain jobs are beneath them. Any honest job should be something that people with limited or no education would be happy to have, but, it seems that nowadays, some people feel that they shouldn’t be expected to do certain lower level jobs.

The sad part is, that certain people wouldn’t have to be doing such jobs forever. There is still upward mobility in the work force, for those who choose to participate in the work force. But due to these modern times, a feeling that illegals should do these jobs, a feeling that these jobs don’t pay enough to enable them to live in the status to which they are accustomed, or whatever else, many young people eschew certain jobs, which past generations of young people were happy to do.


18 posted on 05/26/2012 7:52:30 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: napscoordinator
Yep, these poor unemployed teens should just hop into the volvo and commute for a minimum wage job a half hours drive away.....
19 posted on 05/26/2012 7:54:32 AM PDT by I am bigjohn
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To: pepsionice

As the old adage goes, idle hands and minds are the devils workshop and incidents seem to prove it right.


20 posted on 05/26/2012 7:55:37 AM PDT by saintgermaine
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To: SeekAndFind

The reason is simple.
Illegal aliens are doing the the jobs that are available to teens which teens refuse to do.


21 posted on 05/26/2012 8:03:57 AM PDT by Riptides
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To: SeekAndFind

The reason is simple.
Illegal aliens are doing the available entry-level jobs that today’s teens refuse to do (which I did when I was a teen).


22 posted on 05/26/2012 8:07:06 AM PDT by Riptides
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To: Chode

Kids mowing lawns???? That’s so 1950s thinking. Everybody knows that kids don’t mow lawns nowadays. We have imported foreign workers, legal or otherwise, to do work such as that nowadays.


23 posted on 05/26/2012 8:13:19 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego
not here in the boondocks of West New York... yet anyway
24 posted on 05/26/2012 8:21:26 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
but i DO get your point...
25 posted on 05/26/2012 8:39:32 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Paisan
Further, a ‘Child living in poverty’ probably doesn’t even know it...

They seem to have their cell phones and electronic toys regardless of their station in life. I grew up in what I now know was a poor family, but I was seldom aware of it. I had a bike, a couple of fishing outfits (fresh & salt), my trusty .22, and was well fed and adequately clothed. We had a black & white TV and a couple of radios

If I wanted money for the movies, Asbury Park's amusements or some new fish hooks, I had to pick up a little work here or there. Cut some grass, shovel some snow, muck out a chicken coop, dig a footing course for an elderly neighbor, do some cleanup on a nearby construction project, etc. My first full time job came when I was 17 and enlisted in the Navy just after high school, so technically I was an unemployed teen until then.

I'm just guessing, but it is likely that some of the kids in question who are 'unemployed" actually do earn some money, but probably as a lookout for the local pusher.

26 posted on 05/26/2012 8:41:18 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
When is the last time you saw a black woman working as a maid?

This January, in Tortola, British West Indies. Delightful lady, great worker.

27 posted on 05/26/2012 8:44:56 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll bet the illegal aliens have jobs.


28 posted on 05/26/2012 9:28:51 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Brain!)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Kids mowing lawns???? That’s so 1950s thinking. Everybody knows that kids don’t mow lawns nowadays. We have imported foreign workers, legal or otherwise, to do work such as that nowadays.

**
Well, my son started a lawn business last summer. Couldn’t get a job elsewhere as he didn’t have any experience and all they hire around here are illegals. Now he’s a bagger at the commissary.

Taught him a lot — if you can’t get hired, start your own company.


29 posted on 05/26/2012 9:42:34 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: vpintheak

Their unemployment level is below zero.

They are in jobs EVERYWHERE here in the DC/ N.Va area.

You can’t get hired if your’e white. Forget it.


30 posted on 05/26/2012 9:43:54 AM PDT by LibsRJerks
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To: SeekAndFind
From what I've seen, today's teens think it's an affront to them to have to work. Most are pampered and allowed to hide out in their rooms on their iPhones or playing games 24/7.
31 posted on 05/26/2012 9:54:14 AM PDT by bgill
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To: aomagrat

Child labor laws have NOTHING to do with it. Everything to do with immigrants now willing to do jobs kids used to do.

When is the last time you saw a paper boy? All papers used to be delivered by young neighborhood boys on bikes. Now they are all delivered by an immigrant driving a car over a huge area that serves what a dozen boys routes used to serve.


32 posted on 05/26/2012 2:37:43 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free
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