The Youth Unemployment Puzzle

Archive Report

Dimensions of the Problem

Youth Unemployment Rates at Record Levels

As the school year winds down, thousands of young Americans are beginning the annual search for summer jobs. But if past years are any indication, many youths will be unable to find work this summer. Youth unemployment is more visible during the summer months, when jobless youngsters spend their daylight hours on the streets rather than in school buildings. During the rest of the year, it generally takes an event like President Reagan's proposed “subminimum wage” for youth or House passage of a bill to create an “American Conservation Corps” to provide jobs for unemployed youth to focus attention on the problem. But statistics indicate that youth unemployment is a serious year-round concern.

Joblessness for 16- to ...

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