New Report says Huge Youth Unemployment Gap 'May Never End'

hcsp.jpgIf young people represent America's future, then that future is filled with low wages and high unemployment.
Since the start of the Great Recession, 2.7 million people between the ages of 16 and 24 have lost their jobs or can no longer find employment, according to a report by the group Young Invincibles (h/t The Wall Street Journal). The report, called "No End In Sight," estimates that the present state of youth employment is the worst it's been since the Great Depression. Unlike during other recent recessions -- in 1981, 1990 and 2001 -- youth unemployment has not only spiked during the Great Recession, it's remained stubbornly high for a protracted period of time since.

"During no other downturn in recent memory was the unemployment rate so high for so long," the report states.

Young Invicibles argues in the report that high levels of youth unemployment "may never end," unless the government steps in through targeted jobs programs like AmeriCorps.

The unemployment rate for Americas between the age of 16 and 19 years is more than 23 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates. This number shrinks to 20.9 percent among white youths and expands to 39.3 percent for African American youth.

These high levels don't just affect kids looking for summer jobs. They also affect future employment and wage prospects for generation that are either entering or have yet to enter the labor force.

Source: Huffington Post | James Sunshine
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