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What Happens When American Teenagers Can't Find Work
National Journal ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nancy Cook

Posted on 04/09/2014 12:32:34 PM PDT by C19fan

Most Americans love to reminisce about their first paying job, whether it was scooping ice cream, babysitting, or working behind a retail counter. It was rarely glamorous, but earning that first paycheck was a point of pride and marked a milestone in a teenager's life.

By the time Andrew Sum entered his teenage years, he'd already held a job delivering newspapers. Now as an economist, one of his chief concerns is the state of the labor market for today's teenagers. The employment rates for teenagers, ages 16 to 19, plummeted from 45 percent in 2000 to just 26 percent in 2011, according to Sum's recent research for the Brookings Institution. That's the lowest rate of teen employment in the post-World War II era.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: andrewsum; immigration; teenagers; work
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The silence of the article on the major role of immigration has played in this decline in teens working is deafening.
1 posted on 04/09/2014 12:32:35 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

They should just get the Mac Daddy Barack to give them an allowance, from his sta$h.


2 posted on 04/09/2014 12:34:23 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: C19fan
lazy, high, entitled, and tattoo'd up ... I can't imagine why they can't get a job...

/s

3 posted on 04/09/2014 12:37:02 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: C19fan

Agreed. Anecdotal evidence is that many people working in retail, or places such as fast food outlets, were not born in this country.


4 posted on 04/09/2014 12:37:34 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (m)
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To: C19fan

When I was a teenager I helped my dad on the farm, I had a small herd of sheep, a couple of steers, help with the haying, and stacking, milked cows and then I earned money helping the neighbors. Now days I guess they play video games or get into gangs creating trouble.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 12:37:40 PM PDT by Vinylly (?)
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To: C19fan

Print print print. The Counterfeiter-In-Chief will tax via inflation to feed his peeps and bankrupt a nation.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 12:38:02 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: C19fan

>The silence of the article on the major role of immigration has played in this decline in teens working is deafening.

Criminal, illegal “immigration”. That, and the hoards of islamist that has been allowed to come here and sponge off Uncle Sugar and build sharia law villages in America.

Destructive, criminal invaders is more accurate.


7 posted on 04/09/2014 12:38:07 PM PDT by soycd
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To: Dilbert San Diego

When I go to major tourists destinations during peak times one can’t help see all the foreigners instead of Americans staffing the places. I was out at Yellowstone a few summers ago and it looked like little Romania with all the Eastern Europeans working in the area.


8 posted on 04/09/2014 12:39:34 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: Vinylly

“then I earned money helping the neighbors.”

If you hire a kid for cash to help you and he gets hurt you’ll be sued for everything you own. When he wins that the state will step in and charge you with labor law violations. You can lose everything you have by hiring somebody with no insurance. (That’s the law around here.)


9 posted on 04/09/2014 12:40:13 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: C19fan
It's silent on immigration and it's silent on off-shoring.

Raise the import tariffs and bring back American industry to boost the demand for labor.

Stop illegal immigration, reduce legal immigration and H1b's to reduce the supply of labor.

10 posted on 04/09/2014 12:40:32 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: C19fan
It's silent on immigration and it's silent on off-shoring.

Raise the import tariffs and bring back American industry to boost the demand for labor.

Stop illegal immigration, reduce legal immigration and H1b's to reduce the supply of labor.

11 posted on 04/09/2014 12:40:32 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Not to mention the effects that they screw up my order because they cannot speak the language.


12 posted on 04/09/2014 12:43:39 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: C19fan

They become brownshirted foot soldiers for dangerous left-wing political movements.


13 posted on 04/09/2014 12:43:43 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: C19fan

Government policies have led to this, and are making it worse.


14 posted on 04/09/2014 12:45:22 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible traitors. Complicit in the destruction of our country.)
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To: C19fan

Every job I did as a teen is now done by adults or illegals.

Delivering newspapers, working in my friend’s -fathers parking lot, clean-up at a meat processing plant...

I’m convinced our Government and the Federal Reserve are destroying work, and killing the job market.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 12:45:54 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: C19fan

It is a planned take over. Look how sects have taken over certain industries: hotels, restaurants, convenience stores etc...


16 posted on 04/09/2014 12:45:55 PM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: C19fan

When I was a kid, I harvested radishes and green oninons by hand in Auburn Washington. The people there were young people like me and a few of their single moms. When I turned 16 I drove the goods on a flatbed truck to places like the Safeway distribution center.

Every single person was white. No blacks (none in that area at that time), no hispanics, but quite a few Asians, believe it or not.

Now, most of those farms are gone. Replaced by warehouses and business centers.

A side note: Every single one of my Asian friends there were Japanese and all of their fathers were named George. This was around 1970.


17 posted on 04/09/2014 12:46:49 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: C19fan

Obama wants to come to the rescue by raising the minimum wage.


18 posted on 04/09/2014 12:47:22 PM PDT by AU72
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To: C19fan

As long as they can buy an Arizona Tea and a bag of Skittles with an EBT and some Cough Medicine through Obamacare, they will be good!


19 posted on 04/09/2014 12:50:32 PM PDT by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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To: C19fan

Raise the minimum wage higher and we’ll all find out.


20 posted on 04/09/2014 12:50:42 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Vaquero

That’s why my retirement includes borrowing up the hilt for real estate and what money I do have is “PM” money (junk silver, actually). I lived through the inflation of the late 70’s and early 80’s, I saw first hand people who’s retirement was in low performing investments. They became so worthless that some of them had to come back into the work force. You can live comfortably on $1500 a month when a gallon of gas is $.30 a meal at McDonalds is less than a buck and your mortgage is $150 a month. When all three triple (or go up 20 fold, as mortgages did), your $1500 monthly retirement payout won’t pay your mortgage.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 12:51:33 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: C19fan

My son started his first job just after the 4th of July this past summer. Working in the produce department at Wal-Mart.
He went through the interview process and a computer generated Q and A prior to a face-to-face interview. Starting pay $8.56 an hour. He is earning his own money
and saving it. His performance review after 6 months was good and customers have sought out his supervisor or manager
to compliment him on his helpfulness. All in all a good start.


22 posted on 04/09/2014 12:52:02 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Gen.Blather

This is exactly why I won’t hire the kids from the local college that my wife says are looking desperately for any income. I need the help to clear the property and put up a couple of buildings. But I just can’t take the legal risk.


23 posted on 04/09/2014 12:52:40 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: C19fan

The problem is the minimum wage.

Get rid of it.

Then, you will see jobs that are worth less than the current minimum wage start popping up all over, just waiting for high school kids to fill them. Like it used to be.

Like it SHOULD be.


24 posted on 04/09/2014 12:53:32 PM PDT by Nik Naym (It's not my fault... I have compulsive smartass disorder.)
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To: cuban leaf

Every single person was white. No blacks (none in that area at that time), no hispanics, but quite a few Asians, believe it or not.


That was worded poorly and contradictory. I meant that they were mostly white. the rest were Asian. Also, my best friend there, second generation Japanese, ended up marrying one of the white girls there.

He eventually became a dentist.


25 posted on 04/09/2014 12:54:49 PM PDT by cuban leaf
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To: cuban leaf

“But I just can’t take the legal risk.”

I have a couple of buddies I’ve known for years that I trade labor with. Probably not a huge risk there, but I don’t really know.


26 posted on 04/09/2014 12:55:12 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: C19fan

Most don’t look for jobs. Or want them. They like getting weekly handouts from mom and dad. Or getting it through ill-means.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 12:56:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: PGR88

Hang on now, breaching the border is an act love..Right Jeb you RINO.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 12:56:12 PM PDT by gibsonguy
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What Happens When American Teenagers Can't Find Work

They will make good cannon fodder for Islam.

29 posted on 04/09/2014 12:58:12 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Maine Mariner

That’s great. My son started his own lawn business at 13. He also cleaned out the garages of houses in our subdivision, sold the junk on ebay and took a cut of the money. That’s enterprising. Then he decided to be a hockey referee. They can make upwards of 50 bucks a game for an hours work. He would do 2-3 of those on the weekends.

He is now in a business program in college.


30 posted on 04/09/2014 1:06:30 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz ("Heck of a reset there, Hillary")
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To: cuban leaf

“The way to crush the bourgeoisie is to grind them between the millstones of taxation and inflation.”
Vladimir Lenin (and by default, zer0bama)


31 posted on 04/09/2014 1:07:15 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: C19fan

they get high, and live off there parents....oh I forgot video games.....that sounds like me,,but im 59


32 posted on 04/09/2014 1:08:50 PM PDT by nikotal09
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> The employment rates for teenagers, ages 16 to 19, plummeted from 45 percent in 2000 to just 26 percent in 2011... the lowest rate of teen employment in the post-World War II era.

Thanks C19fan.


33 posted on 04/09/2014 1:10:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: C19fan

Conservatives love to reminisce about first-time jobs. Libs love to reminisce about their school years. Not significant, no, not significant.


34 posted on 04/09/2014 1:16:04 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: SunkenCiv

Could it be that those entry level jobs are being filled with adults that need jobs because of failed economic plans served up from an Admin that has no clue about business?


35 posted on 04/09/2014 1:16:58 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: miss marmelstein

Astute observation. True in my case.


36 posted on 04/09/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT by gibsonguy
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"What Happens When American Teenagers Can't Find Work"

Eventually, some of them become more self-sufficient and produce useful things.


37 posted on 04/09/2014 1:18:25 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: Nik Naym
The problem is the minimum wage.

Get with the pogrom. The purpose of the minimum wage is to attract more illegals.
38 posted on 04/09/2014 1:24:57 PM PDT by 867V309 (Obammy = LIAR)
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To: DocJhn

Gosh, y’think? :’) The Obama Tax Hikes, to go with The Obama Recession.


39 posted on 04/09/2014 1:31:48 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: C19fan

I see states, or even municipalities, taking advantage of this. Specifically that by federal law there is a sub-minimum wage for those under 20.

“A minimum wage of not less than $4.25 may be paid to employees under the age of 20 for their first 90 consecutive calendar days of employment with any employer as long as their work does not displace other workers.”

So why not get a few hundred unemployed kids, get shovels for a quarter of them, take them to a public park with compacted ground, and in four shifts, have them turn the soil. Shovel for 15 minutes and rest for 45 minutes for eight hours. $34 to each one for a day’s labor.


40 posted on 04/09/2014 1:38:03 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (WoT News: Rantburg.com)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I worked at Barnes & Noble last year - most of the kids were some of the most hard-working kids I’ve ever met. Most of them were self-educated, working-class kids (with a love of books and media) and they were GREAT. Many young Americans are hard-working and very polite. I much prefer them to our seniors who seem to think we owe them a...discount.


41 posted on 04/09/2014 1:53:09 PM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: C19fan

You know what the Rat’s solution to high unemployment is, don’t you? Raise the minimum wage!


42 posted on 04/09/2014 2:04:37 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: C19fan

deliver papers - illegals
roofing - illegals
dry-wall - illegals
farming - illegals
Micky D’s, BK, Taco Bell - 90% illegals
theater ticket taker - 60% illegals

EVER WONDER WHY THE KIDS HAVE NO CUSTOMER SERVICE SKILLS...?

Too many freepers simply wave all young people way and it’s a DISSERVICE to Conservativism.


43 posted on 04/09/2014 2:32:20 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: C19fan

About 5 years ago I lost my 18 year career job. I uprooted the family and moved 500 miles for a new one. My two adult daughters moved back as soon as they could. They are roommates with two other girls. Both are working full time. None are career type jobs but they are willing to work


44 posted on 04/09/2014 2:42:48 PM PDT by cyclotic (Hey BSA-I'm gone. Walk Worthy-traillifeusa.com)
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To: C19fan
I believe labor laws also contribute to the problem. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it is more expensive (liability-wise) to hire someone under 18 .... and that the hours they can work in terms of number and curfew-wise are restricted.

I'm sure those laws were passed "for the children" .... but now no one wants to hire them.

45 posted on 04/09/2014 2:48:02 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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lazy, high, entitled, and tattoo'd up ... I can't imagine why they can't get a job...

I've got a friend in the furnace repair business. Even though he's getting up in years, he still works alone. No helpers or apprentices. I once asked him why that was so.

His answer? You guessed it. He couldn't find any young person who wasn't lazy, high, entitled, and tattoo'd up.

46 posted on 04/09/2014 3:15:11 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

It has nothing to do with that and everything to do with legal and illegal immigration.

Most teenagers today do not have tattoos or piercings or use drugs. That’s minority that has been around for decades now. Just as many teens fell into that category in 2000, when the teen employment rate was almost twice as high.

According to available data, way fewer teens use drugs today than in the late 70’s era when Obama was was pothead. They didn’t have trouble getting jobs then if they wanted one.


47 posted on 04/09/2014 3:40:26 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: faithhopecharity

Even Napoleon Dynamite had a summer job. Here he is having lunch.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGMLt1duqhg


48 posted on 04/09/2014 5:49:06 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: bicyclerepair

Ha. Have had worse at some restaurants.


49 posted on 04/09/2014 6:19:06 PM PDT by faithhopecharity ((Brilliant, Profound Tag Line Goes Here, just as soon as I can think of one..))
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To: Monmouth78

this study here says that nearly 40% of young people now have tattoo’s

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/opinion/forum/tattoos-a-generational-badge-for-young-adults/article_20fb467c-3ed5-56e4-9722-47fbb6a8ea09.html

And this recent study shows that nearly 60% of young adults have tried pot

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/06/03/pew-almost-half-of-all-american-adults-have-smoked-pot/


50 posted on 04/10/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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