Ouch: Teen employment still lingering around record lows

posted at 12:41 pm on August 30, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Traditionally, summers off from high school or college are usually a great time for teenagers to find a seasonal or often part-time job to help them start building vital professional building blocks they’ll need as they progress throughout their careers, as well as to save up some cash to help them pay their way through the school year. The economic stagnation of the last few years, however, has taken a particularly damaging toll on young people, with youth unemployment far and away above the national average. McClatchy reports on a particularly discouraging facet of the trend:

For the fourth consecutive summer, teen employment has stayed anchored around record lows, prompting experts to fear that a generation of youth is likely to be economically stunted with lower earnings and opportunities in years ahead.

The trend is all the more striking given that the overall unemployment rate has steadily dropped, to 7.4 percent in August. And employers in recent months have been collectively adding almost 200,000 new jobs a month. It led to hopes that this would be the summer when teen employment improved.

In 1999, slightly more than 52 percent of teens 16 to 19 worked a summer job. By this year, that number had plunged to about 32.25 percent over June and July. It means that slightly more than three in 10 teens actually worked a summer job, out of a universe of roughly 16.8 million U.S. teens.

And obviously, it definitely isn’t just teenagers feeling the slowdown; take a look at this devastating segment from Fox News on Thursday night:

The cherry on top of this disaster sundae, of course, is that Obama administration is relying on young people to pay disproportionately into ObamaCare to cover the costs of older and sicker participants — which is going to be kind of tough when they can’t even find a job. I would also merely like to point out that if Democrats continue on their minimum-wage crusade successfully, entry-level jobs for young people will become still more difficult to come by than they already are.

Update: Fixed the headline for accuracy.


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Ouch: Teen unemployment still lingering around record lows

Don’t you mean “EMPLOYMENT”?

JimK on August 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Ouch: Teen unemployment still lingering around record lows

Wouldn’t that be a good thing?

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I don’t understand, who wouldn’t want to hire a tatooed–
“gangsta”–drop out–who has a hard time putting a proper sentence together–at $10 per hour?

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

A whole generation of entitled lazy misfits coming your way folks..if only McDonalds paid 100k a year….

Tim Zank on August 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Can we get a headline check in the Blog section please? Headline check in the blog section.

Flange on August 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The trend is all the more striking given that the overall unemployment rate has steadily dropped, to 7.4 percent in August.

And the only reason it’s ‘dropped’ is that people have stopped looking for work……and therefore are no longer counted as “unemployed”.

GarandFan on August 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

The cherry on top of this disaster sundae, of course, is that Obama administration is relying on young people to pay disproportionately into ObamaCare to cover the costs of older and sicker participants — which is going to be kind of tough when they can’t even find a job.

Again, why should anyone under 26 get their own when they can stay on mom and dads?

The whole thing makes about as much sense as a triangle wheel.

Gatsu on August 30, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Don’t you mean record highs?

flipflop on August 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Obviously we need eleven million low-skilled and brand new citizens to bring their families and solve this problem.

rogerb on August 30, 2013 at 12:51 PM

The irony…the “entry” level jobs are going to whom??? Illegals that the Obama administration is embracing…record number of black kids not working, record number of the black community without jobs…and the one they support with all of their heart and soul, is passing bills to make it even worse.

Amazing, simply amazing…“Thank you sir, may I have another”.

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Hey kids!!! Here’s an idea, let’s have a bake sale walkout to demand hire wages!!!!

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Libs have a hard time understanding…high wages, less workers, low wages more workers…sometimes math is hard.

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Soon our youth will behave like those unemployed youths in Europe, buy with wider access to guns. Change we can believe in.

myrenovations on August 30, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Hey kids!!! Here’s an idea, let’s walkout to demand hire wages!!!!

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Yeah, those greedy corporations simply don’t understand the value of standing behind a counter mumbling something at the customer, and punching the appropriate buttons on the register. If that ain’t worth $15/hour then I don’t know what is!

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

Can we get a headline check in the Blog section please? Headline check in the blog section.

Flange on August 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

Quality control brought to you by Obamacare.

Happy Nomad on August 30, 2013 at 1:03 PM

math is hard.

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

.
For every liberal I know, it is darn near impossible.

PolAgnostic on August 30, 2013 at 1:04 PM

The irony…the “entry” level jobs are going to whom??? Illegals that the Obama administration is embracing…record number of black kids not working, record number of the black community without jobs…and the one they support with all of their heart and soul, is passing bills to make it even worse.
 
Amazing, simply amazing…“Thank you sir, may I have another”.
 
right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

 
Apparently black laborers with only a high school diploma don’t compete with illegals for low-skill jobs and are actually competing against IT professionals and speech therapists.
 
(The troll abandoned the thread, of course.)

rogerb on August 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Erika knew what she meant ;-) This economy Suks!

kirkill on August 30, 2013 at 1:09 PM

50 is the new 40.
40 is the new 30.
30 is the new 20.
20 is the new 10.

PackerBronco on August 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Unemployed Teens competing with their parents for low skilled, part time work.

portlandon on August 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

The economic stagnation of the last few years, however, has taken a particularly damaging toll on young people, with youth unemployment far and away above the national average.

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Erika – good to see you providing economic coverage on Hot Air.

Might I suggest an update, linking to this post today on ZeroHedge.com with a few pithy words regarding the impossibility of global economic recovery being a reality when the U.S. and the E.U. are experiecing their current levels of unemployment?

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-30/european-unemployment-remains-all-time-high-ranges-48-276

PolAgnostic on August 30, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I think you did the same thing as Fox Business. You flubbed your lede or headline, both of you in the same way. You stated “Ouch: Teen unemployment still lingering around record lows.” Don’t you mean record high? It Is unemployment you are talking about. Maybe your headline writer should check out McDonalds to get some real world experience. Aren’t you embarrassed about this? Are you going to sneak in a n update?

Let me guess. You just hired a new headline writer from Fox?

Old Country Boy on August 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

A business called my teenager up and offered her a job on the spot. She has marketable skills and a good work ethic. I bet there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

This is only phase two of the Democrat war on teens, phase one was our failing education system. The third and final phase will be amnesty.

antipc on August 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

…at about $9.50 per hour, too.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

50 is the new 40.
40 is the new 30.
30 is the new 20.
20 is the new 10.

PackerBronco on August 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

No, no, no, no. 29 is the new 40, as in 29 hours is the new employment ideal, and 29 years old is the new entry into middle age.

Steve Eggleston on August 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

A business called my teenager up and offered her a job on the spot. She has marketable skills and a good work ethic. I bet there’s a lesson in there somewhere.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

not really. there are plenty of people with marketable skills and a good work ethic who don’t have jobs. it’s not as simple as you’re making it out to be.

Sachiko on August 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

A whole generation of entitled lazy misfits coming your way folks..if only McDonalds paid 100k a year….

Tim Zank on August 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

This sentiment greatly frustrates me. The problem, as portlandon pointed out, is this:

Unemployed Teens competing with their parents for low skilled, part time work.

portlandon on August 30, 2013 at 1:10 PM

Additionally, they’re also competing with Mexican laborers who will work for basically nothing. It has nothing to do with “them lazy good-fer-nothin’ kids,” the problem is the economy has been in a depression since 2008, and is lurching towards a potential collapse. Not to mention that the huge majority of education is worthless outside of math, science, and some business-related disciplines.

The era where kids got done high school at 18/college at 22, bought a house and car and moved out right afterwards, is over and is probably never coming back. Expect more and more graduates to live at home with their parents, even if they have a job, until their late 20s and even their 30s when they have some money and can actually afford to live alone.

Note that Greece and Spain have youth unemployment near or over 50%. That’s where we’re headed folks, and it has nothing to do with “lazy good-for-nothings.”

Doomberg on August 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

How’s that hope and change working out for ya, kiddies? Don’t worry, if we get ourselves into a real war, because the narcissist-in-chief can’t own up to his mistakes, you may just have the privilege of being the first generation to be drafted into military service since the Vietnam War, er, Conflict. Then, you’ll have room AND board paid for, too! What a deal!

HiJack on August 30, 2013 at 1:50 PM

Shouldn’t we all celebrating if teen unemployment hit record lows? And won’t Obama be demanding an extra two or three trillion dollars to repeat his latest triumph? If incompetency produced such rewards I’d be endorsing him for a third term. After all who could possibly do better at doing terrible?

Fred 2 on August 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

not really. there are plenty of people with marketable skills and a good work ethic who don’t have jobs. it’s not as simple as you’re making it out to be.

Sachiko on August 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

It’s not a marketable skill if no one wants it. The trades are in desperate need of workers but everyone’s got a freaking womyn’s studiez degree instead of a welding cert.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

coldwarrior on August 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Libs have a hard time understanding…high wages, less workers, low wages more workers…sometimes math is hard.

right2bright on August 30, 2013 at 12:56 PM

All you need to know about the liberal’s grasp of economics is this: They still can’t figure out how you can make more money by lowering prices.

If they could do that, then they just might figure out how you can expand the economy by cutting taxes. But they’ll never grasp the first, so they don’t stand a chance of grasping the second.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM

not really. there are plenty of people with marketable skills and a good work ethic who don’t have jobs. it’s not as simple as you’re making it out to be.

Sachiko on August 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Agreed. When I hear people say “Well ya just need to have ____ and____!” I am reminded of a part in All Quiet on the Western Front When Paul is on leave and overhears a bunch of old Germans saying something to the effect of “Well they just need to go run over and break the trench lines.”

As if it was that easy.

It is tough, there are a lot of good men and women out there with good skill sets.

There just are not enough jobs to soak them up.

Gatsu on August 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Additionally, they’re also competing with Mexican laborers who will work for basically nothing. It has nothing to do with “them lazy good-fer-nothin’ kids,” the problem is the economy has been in a depression since 2008, and is lurching towards a potential collapse. Not to mention that the huge majority of education is worthless outside of math, science, and some business-related disciplines.

True. But it does have a lot to do with stupid voters who can’t grasp that minimum wage laws hurt the very people who need jobs the most.

The era where kids got done high school at 18/college at 22, bought a house and car and moved out right afterwards, is over and is probably never coming back. Expect more and more graduates to live at home with their parents, even if they have a job, until their late 20s and even their 30s when they have some money and can actually afford to live alone.

Note that Greece and Spain have youth unemployment near or over 50%. That’s where we’re headed folks, and it has nothing to do with “lazy good-for-nothings.”

Doomberg on August 30, 2013 at 1:31 PM

And as long as we hike minimum wages while allowing illegal aliens to come in and take the less-desirable jobs, we’ll continue to get more like Europe. Nice place to work … if you can get work. Otherwise, live with Mom and Dad till enough people of the previous generation die and you have a shot at a job.

There Goes the Neighborhood on August 30, 2013 at 2:18 PM

not really. there are plenty of people with marketable skills and a good work ethic who don’t have jobs. it’s not as simple as you’re making it out to be.

Sachiko on August 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Agreed. When I hear people say “Well ya just need to have ____ and____!” I am reminded of a part in All Quiet on the Western Front When Paul is on leave and overhears a bunch of old Germans saying something to the effect of “Well they just need to go run over and break the trench lines.”

As if it was that easy.

It is tough, there are a lot of good men and women out there with good skill sets.

There just are not enough jobs to soak them up.

Gatsu on August 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

I hold a doctorate in puppetry and womynz studiez. What kind of country is this where even a doctor can’t find a job?

I don’t mean to sound harsh but if your skill set doesn’t meet a market need, then you need to get some different skills. People are waiting to hand money to people that meet their needs.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

It’s not a marketable skill if no one wants it. The trades are in desperate need of workers but everyone’s got a freaking womyn’s studiez degree instead of a welding cert.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Exactly. Seems a simple concept

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Sachiko on August 30, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Gatsu on August 30, 2013 at 2:17 PM

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

It’s a combination of factors from what I’m seeing around me.
There are jobs that a lot of people just won’t take, and there are a lot of people looking for work, so employers can be picky about who they hire. So you need to have the right skills for the job – and a wilingness to show up for work, on time, and do the work assigned for whatever pay they offer – which a lot of people won’t do.

Bass Pro Shops is getting ready to open a new store a couple miles from my house, so they just had a job fair that my wife went to – and she said there were a lot of people applying – even though most of the jobs will be part-time and near minimum wage. Even though my wife has a Master’s degree, after 15 years she’s only making $13/hour as a librarian, and she’s pissed about them be turned into Obamacare salespeople – so she applied for Bass Pro. She feels like it’s a downgrade, and definitely a pay cut, but it will be better than the current environment as a librarian Obamacare consultant.

On the other hand, our 2 sons are both making in the $30K salary range, one at Enterprise (Business BS) and the other as a restaurant manager (no college, several years of food service experience) – both in fields doing work a lot of others just don’t want to do.

dentarthurdent on August 30, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I don’t mean to sound harsh but if your skill set doesn’t meet a market need, then you need to get some different skills. People are waiting to hand money to people that meet their needs.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Exactly. Seems a simple concept

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 3:02 PM


“For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.”

H. L. Mencken

The structural problems in global labor markets are infinitely more complex than your simplistic “People are waiting to hand money to people that meet their needs.”

How about the CEO of Fletcher Building stating, “The fellow running a forklift in the Northern Territory making $ 200k/year is a problem.”?

The individual with a Masters in Accounting, 15 years global experience in Finance & Cash Management just terminated to be replaced by someone with one third the experience who will be paid a LOT less?

The multi-nationals currently debating closing down ALL European Union operations (with thousands to be laid off at all levels) because they don’t foresee a true recovery in the EU in the next TEN years and it will be cheaper to take the hit now and get it over with?

Click on the ZeroHedge link I provided above regarding EU unemployment, study the numbers, RESEARCH what is actually happening … and then come back with something other than “simple concepts”.

PolAgnostic on August 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

It’s not a marketable skill if no one wants it. The trades are in desperate need of workers but everyone’s got a freaking womyn’s studiez degree instead of a welding cert.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

The problem is that the proggies that run K-12 look down their nose at the trades.

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the number of jobs is turning into a fixed ‘pie’ with only so many slices. No more pie a-comin’ for a good long while. Want more, gonna have to take someone else’s when they die or retire…or start reducing the number of food-tubes at the table.

The next question of course is who gets ejected from the table and in what order and how?

Illegal immigrants, of course, should probably be #1 on the un-invite list. And since border patrol is a joke and legal prosecution is a joke…what does that leave?

This is coming down to survival, pure and simple.

MelonCollie on August 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

PolAgnostic on August 30, 2013 at 3:28 PM

What fault could you find with this:

I don’t mean to sound harsh but if your skill set doesn’t meet a market need, then you need to get some different skills. People are waiting to hand money to people that meet their needs.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 2:44 PM

?

I can’t find any.

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 3:45 PM

It’s becoming increasingly obvious that the number of jobs is turning into a fixed ‘pie’ with only so many slices. No more pie a-comin’ for a good long while.

….

MelonCollie on August 30, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Or you could make a pie.

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 3:47 PM

It’s not a marketable skill if no one wants it. The trades are in desperate need of workers but everyone’s got a freaking womyn’s studiez degree instead of a welding cert.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Weld what? You mean here or over in Shanghai?

I guess there is a need for welders to build Faraday cages to guard against EMP strikes, or maybe to help folks to make it to 300,000 miles because they can’t afford a new truck or car.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Weld what? You mean here or over in Shanghai?

I guess there is a need for welders to build Faraday cages to guard against EMP strikes, or maybe to help folks to make it to 300,000 miles because they can’t afford a new truck or car.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Here’s a couple hundred jobs. Some positions open for over 30 days and still not filled.

Mississippi needs welders for 12 hour days at $22.50 an hour

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Weld what? You mean here or over in Shanghai?

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Sorry about that being a better fit stuff. We really didn’t mean to steal your job.

DarkCurrent on August 30, 2013 at 4:54 PM

Weld what? You mean here or over in Shanghai?

I guess there is a need for welders to build Faraday cages to guard against EMP strikes, or maybe to help folks to make it to 300,000 miles because they can’t afford a new truck or car.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Major manufacturing isn’t the only place welders are used.
Besides, to a large degree the welding done on major manufacturing lines is mostly robotic these days.
However, there are the auto repair, construction, custom fencing, etc. industries. I know of several businesses that need welders and have trouble finding any with decent skills.

dentarthurdent on August 30, 2013 at 4:57 PM

The problem is that the proggies that run K-12 look down their nose at the trades.

slickwillie2001 on August 30, 2013 at 3:33 PM

True. Pushing them all to go to college & mountains of debt.

jdpaz on August 30, 2013 at 8:25 PM