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The number of young Americans without a job has exploded to 53.4 percent — a post-World War II high, according to the Labor Dept. — meaning millions of Americans are staring at the likelihood that their lifetime earning potential will be diminished and, combined with the predicted slow economic recovery, their transition into productive members of society could be put on hold for an extended period of time.
The number represents the flip-side to the Labor Dept.'s report that the employment rate of 16-to-24 year olds has eroded to 46.6 percent -- the lowest ratio of working young Americans in that age group, including all but those in the military, since WWII.
And worse, without a clear economic recovery plan aimed at creating entry-level jobs, the odds of many of these young adults -- aged 16 to 24, excluding students -- getting a job and moving out of their parents' houses are long. Young workers have been among the hardest hit during the current recession -- in which a total of 6.9 million jobs have been lost.
Originally posted by Chovy
Is that so?
I'm 22 and I've been working 10 hour days since I was 18.
Originally posted by Dermo
reply to post by SearchLightsInc
I take it you are living in England?
Similar thing here in Ireland. Its not discrimination as its giving younger people the opportunity to work and gain experience while keeping the full time work for the more experienced. Its also an easy way to save money in these times.
I know its not entirely fair but its completely legal and has always happened.
If its happening where you work, you are better off looking for another job.
Originally posted by Lichter daraus
I'm a very experienced worker, i have had a few jobs since high school(graduated in '99), but still cant get the fish to bite.
Originally posted by sligtlyskeptical
We can sustain our economy and life style with everyone working 20 hours per week. Until we confront that fact head on, unemployment is going to continue to rise and yes young and old will all struggle to find gainful employment. We need a new paradigm in order to get out of this mess.