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CNN report US teens face toughest job market on record

by on March 17, 2014

CNN review latest reports of teenage employment in the US covering both part time jobs of those in education and those seeking work full time.  The study by the Brookings Institute finds that “just 26% of teens ages 16 to 19 had a job in 2011, down from 45% in 2000. That’s the lowest rate on record in the post-World War II era”.   While there are obviously different issues associated with part-time work for those studying, this is one of the few reports to highlight this drop as an integral part of the issue of youth unemployment.  Working while studying has long been a way not only of paying for (an increasingly expensive) education but also of gaining valuable skills and experiences.

It is interesting that the same institute’s review of the 2010 and 2011 Labor statistics in the US show that employment in the 65-74 age groups has risen to about the same level as the teen statistic with 26% in paid employment, though traditionally this age group has been the least economically active.

A copy of the full report is available to download from the Brookings Institute website.

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