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zoidberg Donating Member (508 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 10:17 AM
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Teenagers Facing Hard Competition for Summer Jobs
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/07/14/national/14JOBS.html?...

"Teenagers are facing the worst summer job market in years, with the percentage of those holding summer jobs at its lowest in 55 years and the unemployment rate at its highest in a decade."

The current unemployment rate for teens is 19.3% - for black teens it is 39.3%.
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WhoCountsTheVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 10:31 AM
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1. Just teenagers?
Seems to me a lot of people are facing hard competition for jobs.

Let's see, Kerry, Lieberman, Dean, and Graham will say that what we need is to ship more jobs overseas, to "grow our economy" and this will make it better?

No wonder Democrats are the minority party.
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bicentennial_baby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 10:33 AM
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2. Boo-Hoo
Sorry, I've been unemployed for a year...It's hard for me to have sympathy for those who don't actually have to support themselves (ie food, rent)
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LuminousX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 11:04 AM
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3. While I sympathize
with you, teen unemployment is a big issue.

Teens with jobs learn a lot about 'how to work' which prepares them for a lifetime of work. The fact is the jobs that you wouldn't ever have considered doing (summer work at a Park District painting signs) usually went to teens, but those jobs are being snapped up by individuals such as yourself because you need them in an attempt to make ends meet.

No one is asky you to cry for them, but to appreciate that we are going to be paying for Bush's mistakes well into the future.
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Iris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 02:28 PM
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7. while I agree that the fact that
adults are taking jobs that would usually be something teenagers do is a bad sign for our economy in general, there are other ways for teenagers to learn about "how to work," namely volunteer work. I also don't think it would hurt some teenagers to have a summer with nothing to do. You can learn a lot about yourself that way, something which becomes increasingly difficult to do the older get and the more immersed you become in a lifetime of working.

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Iraqi_guy Donating Member (520 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 11:09 AM
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4. Is this a joke?
I have two younger brothers...both were able to be offered jobs at a variety of places: Blockbuster, Krogers, Wal-Mart....
and three of their friends have also recently gotten jobs.
DON"T BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ.
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zoidberg Donating Member (508 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 02:05 PM
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6. Most of my friends have decent jobs right now...
Does that mean that there is no problem with the economy? Just because your circle of friends is doing OK doesn't mean the same applies for the entire country.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 02:32 PM
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8. I am a teen got myself a job but the others arent so lucky
Most of my friends dont have jobs. You as I could be in an area that is still booming.
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sirshack Donating Member (680 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 12:24 PM
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5. I work with a lot of teenagers...
..at my weekend job (I'm only 25 myself).

For one, I think it's hard to really pin down teenage employment. We've had two teenagers leave this month so far...one quit because she doesn't like the work, the other got fired for closing up early and skipping out. I did the same thing when I was a teenager myself, and I don't think it's unusual to find teenagers deciding not to work at all, or simply "taking a break" (my excuse for putting off a new job hunt for a month).

I started working regularly (mowed lawns in the neighborhood during the summer before that...which is probably an occupation that doesn't make it into many job stats) when I was 16, and it wasn't unusual to see people my own age come and go pretty frequently. In a weird way, teenagers can afford to since they're mostly supported by their parents.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 02:34 PM
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9. I am a teen got a job
Doesnt mean anything. Do I consider myself lucky? yeah I do feel happy I got a job it just sucks that the people who need it more than I do are having a tough time. This is why the new deal was good FDR created jobs.
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sham Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 03:04 PM
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10. I can well believe that.
I've given up looking for a job in my career field and have been trying to find a retail job. 6 weeks and 20+ applications later? nothing!

I have a B.A. and can't find work. It would make sense that 16 year olds can't find work either.
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JohnKleeb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 03:10 PM
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11. sorry about that sham
Welcome to DU. I am nearly 16 I got myself a job but to be honest I was very fortunate. I pity all of those teens out there who want but cant get jobs and people like you too. I pity the poor teen trying to get work the most he or she is not trying like I am to have some extra money in my pocket but merely to support their family more so.
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sham Donating Member (377 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 03:36 PM
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12. Thanks for the welcome. :)
I think anyone who has a job right now is pretty fortunate. :) luckily my husband has a decent job with good benefits, so I'm not going to starve to death or anything.

I do think it's important for teenagers to have jobs, and it's unfortunate when those who want one can't find one. I started working when I was 16 and the money I saved got me my first car and helped get me through college, so I hate to hear statistics like this, but the sadder part of the story is that jobs normally filled by teenagers are now being taken by people with college degrees and families to support. it's bad for everyone.
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-14-03 05:19 PM
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13. Permanent help is better for business
Some teens only work during the summer and all must cut their hours whn school is back in session. Managers would rather hire and train people who will be there for a while. In a good economy, the recent college graduate wouldn't be there any longer than the summer only work teen because the college graduate would find a career track job within a few months. With how things are, the college graduate might be staying for the forseeable future.
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