It's Getting Harder To Put Young America To Work

It was only three or four years ago that fast-food stores and other employers were complaining of a shortage of teenagers to staff their operations. No more. The economic malaise of recent years has had a devastating effect on the employment ranks of America's youth (chart). Since January, 1990, employment of those 20 years old and over has actually risen a bit, while the number of 16-to-19 year olds with jobs has shrunk by 1.14 million.

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