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Teenage Jobless Rate Is Highest Ever

From the short term memory loss sufferers at the New York Times:

Danna Hardgraves, 17, right, applying for a job in June.

Teenage Jobless Rate Reaches Record High


September 5, 2009

Pity the unemployed, but pity especially the young and unemployed.

This August, the teenage unemployment rate — that is, the percentage of teenagers who wanted a job who could not find one — was 25.5 percent, its highest level since the government began keeping track of such statistics in 1948. Likewise, the percentage of teenagers over all who were working was at its lowest level in recorded history

[T]his August found more than a quarter of the teenagers in the job market unable to find work, an unemployment rate nearly three times that of the nonteenage population (9 percent), and nearly four times that of workers over 55 (6.8 percent, also a record high for that age group). An estimated 1.64 million people ages 16-19 were unemployed

Expecting record unemployment among youth, Congress set aside $1.2 billion in February’s stimulus bill for youth jobs and training. As with everything stimulus-related, supporters, like Jonathan Larsen of the National Youth Employment Coalition, say the money has tempered a bad situation, although the overall numbers are dismal.

Economists say there are multiple explanations for why young workers have suffered so much in this downturn, but they mostly boil down to being at the bottom of the totem pole.

Recent college graduates, unable to find higher-paying jobs, are working at places like Starbucks and Gap, taking jobs once held by their younger peers. Half of college graduates under age 25 are in jobs that do not require college degrees, the highest portion in at least 18 years, Mr. Sum said.

Likewise, the reluctance or inability of older workers to retire has led to less attrition and fewer opportunities for workers to move up a rung and make room for new workers at the bottom of the corporate ladder.

Increases in the minimum wage may have made employers reluctant to hire teenagers, said Marvin H. Kosters, a resident scholar emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute

We seem to recall that the New York Times were quite adamant about the need to raise the minimum wage. So much so that they were furious about the recent hike back in July not being enough.

Of course, according to their lights, it isn’t the minimum wage hike that is keeping teens from being hired at McDonald’s. It’s the fact that so many old people are too selfish to retire and get out of their way. The Times only mentions increases in the minimum wage as the last (and least) possible factor in their “multiple explanations.”

And speaking of Democrats and unemployment in general:

When did the Democrats take over Congress? And when did unemployment begin to skyrocket?

Luckily, there is no obvious direct correlation between the two. As there is, say, between carbon emissions and global warming. Or even minimum wage hikes and unemployment among teens.

Otherwise, our watchdog media would be all over this story.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, September 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Teenage Jobless Rate Is Highest Ever”

  1. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    A primary reason for the teen jobless rate being so high is that they don’t want to work. Most jobs available for teens are at the entry level. A friend of mine who works for Wal-Mart says that most of the young hires don’t last very long because they feel the work is too hard or monotonous. And they don’t want to be friendly towards customers, especially the difficult ones, but would rather be confrontational instead.

    Perhaps I’m coming across as an old timer but I can remember that once school was out, most of us old enough to have a job went to work during the summer. But now during the school recess I see more young people of working age just hanging out Wal-Mart, Target, etc. and being totally disruptive and asinine as if those stores were their playground to blow off steam.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m not totally writing off the work ethic of all our youth. A young man I used to work with quit work to go back to school. There he finished his degree and opened up his own business of air conditioning repair and is doing well. I wish all young people could be as enterprising as him. But most will not take a job unless it pays very well. Forgetting that most successful people started out at the bottom and through hard work and perseverance got to where they are now.

    • TwilightZoned says:

      Interesting, and probably true. My thoughts were since so many adults, with families, are out of work they would be hired before teens. Maybe I’m too optimistic. And that’s hard to do in this day and age.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    What about the assortment of “Obama Corps” (plural)?

    Or is it, “Obama corpse”?

  3. MinnesotaRush says:

    Check it out .. jobs????

    http://digg.com/comedy/What_Have_We_Done_4 – 46k

  4. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Hopefully, this teen unemployment thing will help to increase teen pregnancy, thus keeping our hospital staffers busy and giving Planned Parenthood a reason for being.

    (dripping sarcasm)

  5. David says:

    Why not get them going on all of Obama’s “green jobs.” Let’s get all those teenagers doing complex energy balance and conservation figures. And then we can have them design and build a completely new infrastructure for delivering and storing hydrogen. Then they can figure out how to talk congress into actually dealing with nuclear waste and devise and build a massive containment and refinement facility.
    The truth is the only jobs most teenagers are qualified for is the “jobs now one will do.” After spending several weeks down here in California I am convinced that a large portion of this unemployment comes from the fewer jobs that are available because of illegal immigrants and the increase in population from illegal immigrant children.

    • proreason says:

      “Let’s get all those teenagers doing complex energy balance and conservation figures. And then we can have them design and build a completely new infrastructure for delivering and storing hydrogen”

      It’s so simple and obvious, David.

      When you lay it out like that, it just highlights the horrendous duplicity of the bushhhitler administration.

  6. cashfactory101 says:

    I would have to agree. Most teens would rather stay glued to the t.v or xbox. I have a teen job site called http://www.squidoo.com/instantjobsforteens where I help teens get legitimate online work. This is probably the easiest work you will ever get as a teen yet they still post rude comments on how it should be even easier. Whatever happened to good old hard work !

    Well done, keep up the great writing


    Will Knight

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    As this administration matriculates (forward?), I have to utter my observation that they, in their entirety, have failed at everything they have attempted. Not just failure to implement their agenda, which, when you consider the takeover of banks and carmakers, no.

    What I mean is failure to recognize the nation in which they live and (supposedly) serve.

    These failures range from the monumental, such as the aforementioned takeovers, to the sublime, like expecting kids to sit through a speech given by his high lord and master, the great and powerful “O”z.

    All the while…and even from the first day I saw this skinny, dumbo-eared egotist, I said, “Who the hell do you think you are?” much the way a cowboy would look at a city slicker telling him how to saddle his horse.

    I don’t for one minute ignore the possibility that what they are doing is evil and intended to undermine the nation’s best interests but I also think that although they have some vast and clever “plan”, I think the whole thing is backfiring on them to the tune of mega-trillions of dollars.

    Americans are quickly growing sick of hearing the pumped-up rhetoric, the empty analysis, the incorrect assumptions, the inaccurate descriptions and the out-and-out lies. Meanwhile, the news industry still fumbles the ball on a simple draw play and cannot figure out why the defense has read every snap. They are losing money as Americans stop tuning in Catie, and Brian and the whole hee-haw gang who cannot wait to tell us (once again) how articulate and dashing this nobody is.

    America is losing interest in this fool and instead is quickly turning that interest into anger and hatred. One thing I’ve learned about America in the past 48 years, is that it can be quick to anger…but will also quickly subside and forgive. But on a slow-burn like this, the anger will run deep and long.

    Personally, I hope it continues and condemns this whole “experiment” into socialism for a long, long time. It has been tried in lesser forms before…and sometimes has succeeded but like a virus that attacks, it builds up, then explodes, then makes the host sick and the host has to beat it back and become well again. Let’s hope that 2010 starts the path to recovery, that by 2012 we are well again.

    • proreason says:

      “America is losing interest in this fool and instead is quickly turning that interest into anger and hatred.”

      Knock on wood.

      I saw a poll recently that had the Moron’s approval rating at 75% among Blacks. That may be the most encouraging sign yet, if it’s true.

      Because, if he maintains 99% among Blacks, plus his lock on the vein-popping queers, plus his lock on the drug addled academics, and his lock on 10% of the remaining loser Whites who are completely enraged at being serial failures….then he has a hard-core base of about 30% of the country. And that means he only needs 30% of the at-least-slightly-rational voters to maintain a majority. And given the attention-span of average people, 48×7 120 decibal lying can get him 30%.

      But, if there can be a splintering of the Black vote, the prospects of a non-violent overthrow look much better.

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