a post from Youth Employment in San Francisco on 05/05/2011
An excerpt from recent article “Teen joblessness may hit record in summer 2011″:
A record-low one in four U.S. teenagers will land a summer job in the coming months as a result of a still-poor job market and lost federal funding, according to a report issued on Monday.
As a consequence, urban studies experts said cities like Chicago could experience a rise in street violence.
“Both national and local leadership continue to ignore the plight of youth who are most at risk for potential violence as a result of being left on the streets in the summer months when crime is at its most explosive,” Chicago Urban League President Andrea Zopp said in a statement.
The summer employment rate among U.S. teen-agers this year was projected at between 25 percent and 27 percent, based on an analysis of four decades of employment trends by Andrew Sum of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston.
“We cannot continue to ignore the correlation between youth violence and teen employment,” Jack Wuest, executive director of the Alternative Schools Network, said. “We know if our teens are in school or at a job they are not on the streets.”