Teen employment hits record lows, suggesting lost generation

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  • Michael Matthews Omaha, NE
    Sept. 4, 2013 5:13 a.m.

    How is it surprising that the higher the income the child comes from the more likely it is that they work?

    All sorts of factors would point to this.
    1. Higher income families have higher expectations, this translates to their kids have higher expectations.
    2. Higher income families are more likely to hire the kids themselves.
    3. Higher income families generally have children in better schools who produce students that are better employees.
    4. Lower income families are more likely to have a welfare mentality and are used to not working.
    5. Lower income families live in areas that have higher addiction to various vice and gang affiliaition and this takes out large % of the workforce out of contention of many jobs.

    The list goes on an on.

    Not really surprising at all.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 3, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    @I M --- 2:

    Speaking out is a privilege few societies have had. You can respect the office of president, but not the person in it. That part must be earned.

    Don't mistake hatred for an American right.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Sept. 3, 2013 2:02 p.m.

    I find it interesting that they call from this data a so called "lost generation". In this area, jobs that were traditionally the target of teens (fast food for example) are now occupied largely by immigrant labor. Add to that the fact that many of the other jobs - I used to mow lawns for extra money - parents contract out to services to do their lawns rather than have their kids perform those jobs.

    There is a whole cultural shift in what kids think are "teen" jobs. They also have a lot more diversions than I did when I was a kid - EFY, sports camps, youth conference for example - that fewer in this area sought summer jobs. Many don't have the time for, or the need for summer jobs.

    It would be interesting to dig deeper into the numbers and see how many looked... how many refused work they didn't like... and how many wanted, but could not find.

    "Eliminate Obamacare and the minimum wage and teen employment would increase dramatically."

    I thought Obamacare was the reason part time jobs were expanding... not decreasing.... I guess consistency is highly over rated.

  • I M LDS 2 Provo, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 1:54 p.m.

    How pathetic that some people stoop to such nonsensical leaps to express their hatred for the President of the US.

    "Eliminate Obamacare and the minimum wage and teen employment would increase dramatically"?

    Seriously? You are trying to blame low teen employment on Healthcare reform?

    DN editorial people, why don't we wait until a comment comes along that actually has some credibility, instead of posting such drivel as the one we see above.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Sept. 3, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Obama will fix things.

    Mandate fast food to pay fifteen dollars an hour, and our youth can work and pay for college.

    All that education, stemming from standardized tests, will make better workers of our youth.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 1:04 p.m.

    Meanwhile, YOUR Congressman is hoping to legalize and give work permits to 8 million illegal aliens with low skills.
    Have we gone totally insane as a nation?

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Sept. 3, 2013 12:57 p.m.

    Welcome to the Obama economy.

    Employers have no motivation to add jobs due to taxes and costly mandates (Obamacare especially) which make it difficult to remain profitable. Unlike the government, an unprofitable business must go out of business, so spare me the "social responsibility" arguments.

    The new norm will be part time jobs, but the "good" news is that it will increase the total number or people working, making Obama look good.

    Part of the problem is that the liberal welfare plantation programs have killed the incentive for many people to work at all, when it pays more to live off the public than the sweat of one's own brow. Throw in failing schools where even graduates are ill-prepared for any job, and the collapse of the family, especially in urban areas, and the traditional foundations for a work oriented society have been steadily eroded.

    Eliminate Obamacare and the minimum wage and teen employment would increase dramatically.