Jobs for Young People

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Changed Outlook for Young Job-Hunters

Kennedy's Recognition of Special Job Problem

President Kennedy has asked Congress to enact legislation authorizing the Executive Branch to launch a three-part program to provide on-the-job training for young people, aged 16–22, in private companies, public agencies, or a special conservation corps.1 The proposal constitutes part of an over-all plan to cultivate higher levels of skill and competence in the nation's labor force as one means of promoting economic growth. New programs for youth have been deemed necessary because (1) the number of young people entering the labor force in the years immediately ahead will substantially increase; (2) many of the new entrants will be poorly prepared to fill job openings that are in greatest abundance; and (3) many of the ...

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