Posted on February 12, 2010
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While high unemployment plagues communities across the country, a large and growing population of young people has so little hope of finding a job.
The employment of teens is at a historic low. And the hardest hit are minority male and low-income teens. Following a long decline over the last decade, the employment rate of black teens is less than 14 percent and for low-income Latino teens just 23 percent.
Young adults, aged 20 to 24, fare slightly better, but both groups are far more likely to be unemployed.
The consequences of teen unemployment may seem less important than for unemployed adults, but the long-term impact may be dire. Even part-time work is often a stepping stone to future employment. Without dramatic steps, low-income minority teens won’t be helped by any future recovery. They could end up permanently economically marginalized.