Skip to comments.3 Reasons Why Our Teenagers Canít Find Jobs: And why this is terrible for America.
Posted on 12/14/2013 9:38:53 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
The employment rate among teenagers is incredibly dismal. I know this firsthand, since I have teens at home and teenage nieces and nephews who cannot find work. Theres an irritating theme that runs through family conversations about our unemployed teens, and the words I hear most often are lazy and entitled.
I had a paper route when I was their age, one of the older members of the family will tell me every time we get together. They need to get out and hustle. Walk the neighborhood, mow lawns, weed gardens. Theres lots of jobs out there for teens.
They should get roofing jobs, another family member exclaimed. When I was a teenager in high school, the dreamiest guys were the summertime roofers since they had the most gorgeous tans. And they had the best bodies, too!
The attitude towards teens today is one of disdain for the luxuries they enjoy and their lack of a good work ethic. Teens are spoiled, lazy, and unwilling to work hard. Do you believe this?
Listen up, older people. The world isnt the same now as it was then, and thats not good. Not good for our teens and not good for our future. The days of the paper route are gone. Here are the three reasons why teens cant get jobs today, and why this is terrible for America.
1. High unemployment
Unemployment among adults is reportedly at 7.3% but is actually much higher. The real unemployment figures are probably as high as 14%.
Your teen is competing with adults for that first job. Teenagers have few skills, an undeveloped work ethic, and no experience. The adults looking for the same work are experienced, they have communication skills, and theyre desperate. Employers arent in the market of giving out charity jobs to inexperienced teens who havent figured out how to show up to work on time. They need good workers and they need them immediately. They have them. They have more than they need. Your teen doesnt have a chance, and the employment figures show it. The teenage unemployment rate is a staggering 24%.
2. Illegal immigrants take jobs Americans just wont do.
I live in Colorado. If you want your lawn mowed, you call a service and once a week a truck will unload two or three incredibly hard-working Hispanics who will mow, weed, and cart off the grass clippings in less than an hour.
You dont have to deal with a lazy American kid who pauses in the middle of the job to set up a different playlist on his iPod. No haphazard weeding or indifferent weed-wacking. No missing a mowing day because theyre sick or have other plans.
This Mayhem advertisement is your worst nightmare of a lawn-mowing teenager:
Then there are roofers. Instead of the high schoolers who once filled this industry, hammering their thumbs, spilling roofing tacks, and working on their tans during every possible break time, you have a team of men who show up, work hard, eat their lunches quietly under the shade of your tree, and finish the job in a single day.
House painting was once a favorite summertime occupation for teenagers and college kids. Thats gone. Carpet installation? Gone. My brothers once spent a summer painting telephone poles with creosote to preserve them. Gone. All of these jobs are filled with immigrants, many of them illegal, who get paid much less than teens, do an excellent job, and complain not at all.
3. Minimum wage has destroyed the lower rungs of the ladder to success.
Menial construction labor, like carting off small debris from a construction floor or sweeping it, doesnt deserve minimum wage. It barely requires brain cells at all, which means its a perfect entry-level job for a teenager who has no developed work ethic, no skills, and no experience. But minimum wage laws require a company to pay far more than these jobs are worth, so companies have removed these jobs altogether. Theyll hire a service instead, or have one of their more highly skilled workers spend time on these tasks.
When my brother worked for a fast food chain (Mr. Clown) in high school, the manager employed a whole crew of high school students who were assigned dinky shifts at odd times. Theres no way this could support someone as a living wage. The purpose was to have lots of backup for teenagers who hadnt figured out how to show up to work on time. If a teenager missed more than a few shifts, he was reluctantly fired. After the teen realized he really liked the spending money, he go to work at the other fast food chain right down the street (Mr. Crown), and eventually develop the skills he needed to keep a job. This low step on the ladder of success has been removed because of high minimum wage laws. If you dont have the skills to do a good job, youre not hired. Teens most often do not have those skills, and now they arent given the chance to learn them. Brad Hamilton of Fast Times at Ridgemont High doesnt get hired as a fast food worker any more, not even one dressed as a pirate.
High unemployment, illegal immigration, and the minimum wage have destroyed the labor market for teenagers, and this is terrible. Why?
Why do our teens need jobs?
Teenagers need a job because they need practice. Theyre not worth very much as workers. Theyre lazy, scatterbrained, unable to remember instructions, and have no calluses on their soft hands. So really, why would anyone want to hire these unformed humans and begin the arduous process of turning them into skilled and eager workers?
Because our very future depends on it.
How did the hard workers of my parents generation and our generation become that way? They began as teenagers have throughout human history, by working with adults and learning from them. Dont be fooled by their boastful memories. They started out just as lazy as our teenagers today. I guarantee you there were Lakota Indian teens who had to be rolled out of their warm buffalo hides on a chilly morning to go deer hunting. Skills, work ethic, the profound satisfaction of doing a job well these are all learned. They dont come as if by magic to teenagers. They have to be taught by adults.
Our culture has removed this important step from our teenagers lives and that harm carries from their teen years into their professional future. My brother interviews job applicants who have graduated from college and has expressed profound worries about the abilities of these newly minted professionals. They dont understand how to come in to work on time, how to stay at work all day, how to focus on a task and complete it. Theyre more worried about their social media, their benefits package, and their workplace. Mark Bauerlein of Bloomberg News writes: In the 2011 survey, 40 percent of employers cited inadequate basic employability skills as a reason for why they cant hire and keep workers. They have no work ethic. Theyre stunted.
Teens need to learn the joy to be found in hard work. They need to work on a roofing crew all summer and bandage blisters on their hands. They need to wipe down a diner counter after closing time with their feet aching. They need, desperately, to linger over a broom and watch a skilled glazer or bricklayer move through their task with such grace that it gives them goosebumps. Our teens need these experiences. They need to know the satisfaction of doing hard work and earning money for it and feeling that glow inside them that means theyve accomplished something. We are failing our entire society by not providing it for them, and we are depriving our teenagers of the tools they need to succeed in their adult lives.
We need to make those first steps on the economic ladder available to our teenagers, those lazy, entitled, scatterbrained darlings. They dont stay that way long, if theyre just given a chance:
My son Tom at 18.
I think it will get worse with Obamacare because more adults are going to be forced to have 2 part time jobs due to government forcing companies to use part-time workers that they don’t have to insure.
In before anyone not working are just a DEADBEAT Crowd.
She’s missing one other thing. The country has been taken over by “homeowners associations.” My Parents and my Sister both live in communities that are controled by homeowners associations. The association mows their yards, it cleans their gutters and it rakes their leaves. Those sort of neighborhood jobs are becoming ancient history.
This is a very good article. A summation as to what has really changed. Its not all due to laziness. That illegals are soaking up many different job categories makes perfect sense. I hate to say it but seeing as illegal immigration is probably about to increase greatly before it dissipates, we made need to establish quotas of jobs to be reserved for teens when at all possible. If may work best if we have dollar incentives or tax savings for the employer that can only be obtained by hiring American Teen Citizens to do it.
I think this overstates the problem. I don’t remember that many teenagers working when I was in high school and that was a long time ago
Just out of curiosity, what happens when the illegals become legal? Will that segment of the labor force function as before?
Even back in the 70s my boys had a hard time finding work because insurance for teenagers was so high that the employers wouldn’t pay it until they were 18, and the rates were less.
Add in the trades, carpentry, plumbing, etc, and the illegals have crowded out a large, LARGE number of jobs because they work cheaper, and are subsidized by you and I, the Taxpayers.
Been that way for 30 years in the Bay Area. Rarely saw a teenager working in fast food - all adults from Vietnam, India, China, ext
It’s becoming that way in much of the rest of the country.
Yes, this is all true. The illegals really are a scourge. OK, I get that most of them are OK people just trying to better their lives, granted. And I get that most landscaping companies would probably rather employe adult illegals who will work like the devil over some teenagers who, even if they are dedicated workers, won’t stick around past a year or three.
I get all that.
But we’ve got very high unemployment, esp. among low skilled workers (and me!) and the unending stream of illegals isn’t helping.
It’s amazing that nobody charged with running this country seems to give a hoot about it.
Speaking as a Hispanic so I don’t get called racist in a second, but I find that a lot of Hispanic contractors look for reasons not to work, and are quite lazy and feel “entitled” too. I’ve seen this on a few occasions by workers, and not really even having any respect for property either. Not all, of course, as there are very good workers out there. But, not all are good workers, either.
The illegals are the worst of all. I lived in an apartment that had a bunch of illegals move in next door. Maybe like a dozen people all squeezed in to a single apartment.
They trashed the place, ruined everything, did not pay any rent, and were evicted.
My first “official” job was when I was 14. I earned less than a dollar a day and worked 7 days a week.
At 15 I worked as a helper in the construction business during the summer from 7 AM until 6 PM for 5 dollars a day.
At 16 I pumped gas for fift cents an hour.
Then I moved up to the big time. I sacked groceries for minimum wage which was $1.30 an hour.
Notice it was only at the last job was I getting minimum wage. At 18 I joined the Navy and took a cut in pay.
Every kid in the little town of 6 thousand had a job, if they wanted one. But it was because they didn’t get minimum wages. Small businesses couldn’t afford it.
But rich Republican donors who own businesses like homebuilding (the late Bob Perry) or casinos (Sheldon Adelson) that are addicted to illegal alien labor simply won't permit this to happen. And thus we cannot understand why John Boehner, Eric Cantor and more Republicans than you will believe are about to betray their own base and push through an amnesty bill. Because THEIR political lives depend on these donors.
You’re right about the builders. It’s hard to find a caucasion electrician, plumber, concrete worker, framer, HVAC, sheetrocker, carpet layer, insulation installer, etc. in the entire state of Texas.
Bullshit. They ARE entitled spoiled brats. The author making excuse after excuse in this piece is the enabler. Blame Mexican roofers, unemployment, home owner associations or whatever... the fact is you are not a victim... you are a volunteer. Boot your brats out on the street and turn them into conservatives early... and maybe the nation will be saved in the next generation.
I hear there is a big market for gay wedding cakes. Run with that.
I am in Washington State. I didn’t hire teenagers because of the work rules. It made scheduling a nightmare and disrupted production. Plus, the work ethic, for the most part, is atrocious. But, the main reason were the work hour limitations and the liability exposure.
This is all a lie.
Just last month the Unemployment Rate dropped from 7.3% to 7%. At that rate, in two years we will have 0% Unemployment thanks to the leadership of Comrade Obama.
I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself. LOL
Now back to the real world of living in Obamaville.
But there are still yard firms, gutter cleaning firms, etc. that love to hire young people.