Teenagers facing toughest job market on record

Teen employment

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Young Americans face the toughest job market on record.

Only 26% of teenagers ages 16 to 19 had a job in 2011. That’s down from 45% back in 2000. Researchers found 61% of 20 to 24-year-old’s were employed in 2011 compared to 72% in 2000. The study blames the trend partly on the education system.

Experts say high schools should better prepare students for college course work, and other forms of job training need to be made available.

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