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US youth employment: Job hunting tough for youth

08-25-2012 13:57 BJT

In 2010, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that young people would never regain their 2007 employment levels. It seems that this federal government prediction is indeed the reality.

The future is not looking too bright for young Americans.While the US national unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, the unemployment rate for 16-to 24-year-olds more than doubles to 16 percent.Felix is 24 and he just finished a college degree in Public administration.

Felix Minaya, an unemployed American, says, "I’ve been looking, maybe like two months, nothing it’s just like little jobs, like valet that I’ve been offered nothing convenient. I mean I had a job like for a week but it didn’t pay that well, the hours were not enough, like wasting my time you know."

Job hunting has become an aggressive match between generations. Young adults face off against more experienced, educated adults who are jobless as a result of the economic slowdown.

Arturo Wong, an employed American, says, "I have a job right now, currently, I just got employed right now. I’m eighteen,Was it easy for you to find a job. No, it was not, it was tough."

And the young minorities have it even harder For Latino youth, unemployment jumps to 20 percent, and for African Americans, it skyrockets to 30 percent - almost four times the national average.

Erby Jean, an employed American, says, "I was looking for something like working on a store, a cashier or something, even though do janitor some time, it didn’t work out, I would send applications, they never called me, so I guess I was struggling, I was just tired."

Erby looked for months and finally found a summer job at this career center. He just wants to save some money so he can go back to school.Others feel that their peers are slacking.

Robert Martinez, an employed American, says, "I believe the reason that people, the youth do not have jobs because one they don’t look hard enough, or do not try enough to get that job."

But beyond these youngsters attitudes towards job hunting, the numbers are daunting. The American economy is currently missing an estimated 2.7 million youth jobs.

 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com

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