Poor job prospect for teens has long-lasting implications
The Kansas City Star
Don’t shrug off the high unemployment rate for teens and young adults.
A story on the front page of The Kansas City Star today shows that getting a job for people ages 18 and 19 has rarely been more difficult. This trend of high unemployment for young people has gone on for years.
Those who were teens 10 years ago are now young adults. Teens have been fighting for jobs traditionally set aside for them, but those positions have been going to older workers who had been bounced out of other work.
The May unemployment rate for this age group reached 23.5 percent, which is nearly three times the national average for the rest of the population. It is even higher for teens of color.
What’s troubling about this drawn-out trend is it is robbing a generation of young people of an accumulated work history. It also will affect those companies that might eventually hire these folks as young adults because they will not have had on-the-job training of the dos and don’ts in the workplace.
In addition, Social Security loses income because fewer people are working to pay into the retirement fund. In the end, we’ll all pay for the young people’s joblessness in higher turnover, poorer service and a more depleted Social Security.