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Published: Tuesday, April 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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John Charity Spring
Back Home in Davis County, UT

This editorial is absolutely correct that unemployment amongst America's youth poses a serious threat to national well-being. Something must change.

What must change, and change now, is the current left wing government. Left wing policies have destroyed the economy. This fact, combined with the left's discouraging of a strong work ethic amongst youth, has made it much harder for youth who want to work to find a job.

As a result of leftist policies, society is confronted by vast hordes of unemployed youth who do little more than play video games and listen to vulgar music on Ipods. If this does not change immediately, America will be faced with an epidemic of crime, addiction, and immorality never before seen.

The Real Maverick
Orem, UT

This was predictable.

Darn that min. wage! It's ruining everything! How dare these kids want workers comp!

they should be paid pennies with more benefits and be happy with it!

I wish we could go to the good'ol days when kids worked for 16 hours without breaks and were paid pennies. Ahhhhhhh how much better they were than today... It would keep kids off video games and from acting promiscuous. Kids would be too tired to do those things or play their music up loud!

We could drastically cut education funding, since kids working in factories all day wouldn't have time or energy to be in a classroom.

Kalindra
Salt Lake City, Utah

The biggest threat to teenager employment is senior citizen employment.

People are living longer and working longer.

There was a time when you could count on old people to retire and open up jobs for others - now those old people just keep working.

You can blame the lack of job openings for teenagers on minimum wage all you want, but the truth of the matter is, no matter what the pay rate - $0.09 or $9.00 an hour - most companies are going to hire the most qualified person they can get, which is usually going to be the senior citizen.

Additionally, companies are not going to hire employees they don't need - and half the time companies are more concerned with the bottom line and aren't going to hire all the employees they do need, regardless of the pay rate. Companies have found that they can get by with a minimum of employees and the crappy customer service that goes along with that - they are not going to hire more employees and take an unnecessary hit on their bottom line.

Changes to minimum wage will not affect any of this.

dalefarr
South Jordan, Utah

Our no reg. capitalist economomy is structurally loused up with wealth being transfered from workers to owners. Jobs are decline and the wealth a job brings decline. It is going to take a structural change to fix, either a new deal solution from the left or alternativly a redistribution of private ownership so that more of us make our money from owning stocks, investments or property.

Emophiliac
Vernal, UT

Maybe this unemployment problem can be solved by bringing in more illegals. Obviously there is not enough competition for unskilled labor.

homebrew
South Jordan, UT

The economic recovery. Just what do you think we are recovering from?? George Bush and the dissasterous 8 years of the biggest mistake in american history. BAR NONE

Howard Beal
Provo, UT

Tracking Spain will likely give us the path we're likely to head on this issue. Hint: it doesn't look pretty.

watchman
Salt Lake City, UT

Although not mentioned, one of the biggest contributors to youth unemployment is illegal immigration. Our leaders refuse to clamp down on illegal immigration while most of the lower paying entry jobs are being taken by illegal adults and youth who have acquired fraudulent identifications. Many don't even need to get the fake ID because some citizens and employers hire them on day jobs and pay cash under the table.

It makes one wonder about the the extent of damage we are unknowingly doing to our society and our citizens by continuing to be 'compassionate' with our illegal guests.

Cincinnatus
Kearns, UT

@JCS

It seems that your answer to everything gone wrong in this country is the "leftist policies of the current administration." Need I remind you that the economy crashed and a recession set in at the end of a Republican administration, not because of the current administration. While I do believe that the current administration has not done enough to kickstart the economy, I find your constant whining about President Obama and his "socialist" policies both irritating and old.

Economies are cyclical, they rise and fall. There are fundamentals in the economy that neither Democrats or Republicans administrations or Congress and Legislatures can control, such as personal debt. Such as what employers are willing to pay employees. Such as a dozen or more other things.

I also find your comment that "vast hordes" of youth do "little more than play video games and listen to vulgar music on iPods" rather insulting. I see that comment as being quite out of touch. Youth in my day played Atari and listened to Walkmans and society still suprisingly continued to function. I see a lot of youth today working and others who are looking hard for jobs.

Jeanie b.
Orem, UT

Youth are very creative when given a challenge. The traditional jobs may not be there, but they are adaptable enough that if many parents would stop giving teens everything they want I bet they could find employment.

My own kids have raised chicken and sold organic brown eggs, one of my sons worked as a "fiber technician" (our term for his job)- measuring and cutting fabric at a local fabric store. Our kids have made and sold clay nativities and wood toys at local festivals, etc.
Find out what your kids are good at and figure out a way they can make money doing it.

Determination, encouragement and creativity will reap more success. Blame does no good - minimum wage, illegals, senior citizens - whatever!

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