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Friday, May 25, 2012

High Schoolers Have Hard Finding Work


“The American job market is no place for students as the number of employed high schoolers has hit its lowest level in more than 20 years, according to new figures from the National Center for Education Statistics. In 1990, 32 percent of high school students held jobs, versus just 16 percent now. Blame their elders. Sectors that traditionally have offered teens their first paying gig—fast-food chains, movie theaters, malls and big-box retailers—have now become the last resorts for out-of-work college graduates or older Americans forced back into the labor force out of sheer financial necessity. The resulting squeeze has left students on the outside looking in.” (Washington Times)

This could dog them for life.

FEE Timely Classic
“The Cure for Unemployment” by Roland W. Holmes