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Employment opportunities look dim for young workers

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 6:12 p.m. MDT

Marianne Brough, the Certificate Leadership Program Advisor looks to those in attendance for input during a leadership meeting for YES, Youth Employability Service.  YES  is a program designed to help at-risk teenagers, teenage parents or high school dropouts valuable employment skills to help them get a job. June 16, 2006.  Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News. (Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News, Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News) Marianne Brough, the Certificate Leadership Program Advisor looks to those in attendance for input during a leadership meeting for YES, Youth Employability Service. YES is a program designed to help at-risk teenagers, teenage parents or high school dropouts valuable employment skills to help them get a job. June 16, 2006. Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News. (Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News, Mike Terry, Deseret Morning News)

Young people are hit hard by unemployment, posting jobless figures way higher than the national average. And few can collect unemployment.

We’ve told you before about the racial disparities that exist in unemployment. Today, we’re looking at age – specifically how unemployment is particularly rough on the young.

The unemployment rate for those 20 to 24 years old stood at 14.4 percent at the end of 2011, when the national rate was 8.5 percent.

And very few of these young jobless folks collect unemployment – about 1 in 10. Many are disqualified at the state level because they are recent graduates or because they left work to attend school.

We have a video today with more on the challenges for young job hunters. Please watch it, and read “What Do Others Say?” for more views. Then add to the discussion below. Why is it so hard for young people to get jobs?

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