More than seven in 10 U.S. teens jobless in summer

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  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    June 13, 2012 11:47 p.m.

    They can come see me and join the U S Navy.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 13, 2012 12:19 p.m.

    Jazz Bass Man - I agree with much of what you say.... it is absolutely having a huge impact. But how can you claim this is a partisan issue. Enforcement has gone way up with deportations doubling since the last administration. The reality is neither party really wants to take this on. Republicans despite all their chest pounding have plenty in their ranks who benefit from this cheap labour pool.

    I actually credit Bush with trying to address this issue, but he was largely shut down by his own party. Obama has made progress, but in scheme of things, the problem is so big, the evidence of the improvements is hard to find.

    Lets put away the partisan chatter on this. Lets hold both parties responsible for some real change, rather than just token publicity stunts. We have a huge generation of kids who are growing up without having the opportunity to get their fingers dirty, and do humbling labor. It was my own experience with that kind of work that gave me the drive to make sure I would never have to do that again by making sure I earned enough to avoid that possibility. Poverty is a great motivator.

  • Jazz Bass Man Wellsville, Utah
    June 13, 2012 10:16 a.m.

    I started my working career doing "grunt labor" on farms (hauling hay, milking cows, shoveling manure, you name it), then fast food, then working my way up in manufacturing until I could put myself through college. These days, all of these entry level jobs are going to illegal aliens. Why? Because there is no enforcement of the laws for either the illegals or for the greedy employers who hire them under the table. Thanks to the Obama administration, and other elected officials who favor illegals from mexico over our own US citizens (eg: Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Mark Shurtleff, Chief Burbank), our country is gaining third world status every day.

    We are doing a huge disservice to our kids and to the future of this country by not teaching them the value of working their own way, not to mention bankrupting our country by allowing the poorest and most criminal element from our third world neighbor to the south into our country, and giving them government handouts.

  • fish8 Vernal, UT
    June 13, 2012 8:51 a.m.

    Very misleading headline. Almost no 13, 14 & 15 year olds work so we are at about 50% not working (unemployed is not the correct term since most kids this age aren't looking for work.) to start with. What needs to be given is numbers of 16,17 & 18 year olds that are looking for work and can't find any. I agree the employment out look is worse for this age group, but lets use good data not try to sensationalize an issue.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    June 13, 2012 5:35 a.m.

    Hayden, ID
    “The private sector is doing just fine”, Barack Obama."

    What is amazing about Barak Obama is even though he only took office in 2009, he was still responsible to the collapse in youth jobs that began in 2000 with its biggest decline through the 2000s..... his super human job killing capabilities go all the way back to the last year of Clinton into Bush's first year. Amazing, isn't it!

    I really don't credit Bush or Clinton for this either. When I was a kid, working fast food was a right of passage. As I travel around the country, particularly in larger cities, I see that a lot of these places are not dominated by teens like they used to. Many of my older sons peers who grew up through these years looked down at these kind of jobs.. thought they were beneath them. Honestly Utah is largely one of the exceptions to this. Here in NC, Kids don't even mow their own lawns any more, that is hired out. Many high schools don't even teach trades anymore.

    There are many cultural shifts impacting these numbers. Parents are a big part.

  • anti-liar Salt Lake City, UT
    June 13, 2012 3:17 a.m.

    And of course this would have nothing to do with the flood of illegal aliens in this country illegally taking many of these jobs.

    And what a shame regarding the restaurant that pays $2.00 an hour. You gotta hand it to whomever invented the concept of tipping: clearly it was championed by restaurant operators as a way of getting out of paying their own employees what THEY should be paying them. After all, the diners already are paying for both the food AND the service, in the form of extremely high menu prices. What a scam!

    I'd like to see restaurants with a explicit no-tip policy -- where the employer would then be FORCED to pay a fair wage for the employer who ultimately serves their restaurant.

  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    June 12, 2012 5:31 p.m.

    BO's policies are killing the poorest and least able to withstand the downturn

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    June 12, 2012 1:14 p.m.

    “The private sector is doing just fine”, Barack Obama.