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Published: Friday, March 14 2014 6:15 p.m. MDT

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jswp
mount pleasant, UT

As a former business owner, a pizza place, I couldn't hire teens for the most part. Child Labor laws forbade teen delivery drivers under 18, no teens using the mixer either and no teen younger than 16 around the oven or the dough roller. In a small town I employed between 4 and 10 part time employees. All of these jobs should have been filled by teens who wanted to work instead I had to hire people who were over 18 and pay them a minimum wage that Nancy Pelosi made sure was so high that my small business wasn't profitable enough to justify the many hours and effort to keep it open. (So much for job creation) Too much government regulation and not enough common sense once again destroys opportunity along with the economy.

carman
Wasatch Front, UT

To Cinncinatus:

Provo has the highest teem EMPLOYMENT rate ("Provo, Utah, has the highest teen employment rate in the United States with about 49 percent of people aged 16 to 19 finding jobs, Hartford Business reported.")

This is a shockingly strong argument for less government intrusion and price control in labor markets. Teens in Provo should have a very difficult time finding work relative to their peers nationwide given the competition for part-time work from tens of thousands of college students in town. Instead, Provo has some of the lowest teen unemployment in the nation!

Likely drivers of Provo's strong job market? 1) Young, growing demographics. 2) Entrepreneurism: A lot of teens work for highly entrepreneurial businesses - I know a lot of them in town. 3) A right to work state keeps costs of hiring and firing down, so employers have less risk. 4) A fiscally conservative state that gets out of the way of business (the libs hate this, but it is a key driver of a strong economy). 5) Demand for jobs driven by families who can't afford for the children to sit at home and play video games, and 6) a strong work ethic in the local culture.

anti-liar
Salt Lake City, UT

The giant elephant in the room everyone is tap-dancing around is the fact that illegal aliens -- often working for EVEN LESS than minimum wage -- now are taking a great many of the jobs once performed by American teenagers. The numerous calls we're seeing for LOWERING the minimum wage -- and even suspending child labor laws(!) -- points to the pure avarice and greed which has become such a prominent part of commerce in Utah.

justinbl
Portland, OR

I agree with many others that this has a lot to do with minimum wage. Without the minimum wage, companies would be willing to create more entry level jobs. With more jobs available, there would be greater competition for employees, which is done using wages. Yes, many jobs will not pay much, but a teenager living at home with his parents doesn't necessarily need that much. You can always find people who have to struggle, and hopefully they would be able to work their way up to be able to make more, but the more people try to regulate the free market, the greater the unintended consequences. The free market is not perfect, but it does tend to even itself out.

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