The Young, the Restless and the Jobless

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The recession has severely affected youth employment, according to this brief. People under the age of 24 account for 53 percent of the nearly 2 million jobs lost since the recession started in 2000. While people age 25 and over lost 884,000 jobs, those between 16 and 19 lost 633,000. The continuing shortage of jobs for teens, says the report, is worse for dropouts and those living below the poverty line. One-third of the nation’s teenagers living in poverty were able to get a job between 2000 and early 2002, and only 55 percent of dropouts were working. 35 pages. $10. Sar Levitan Center for Social Policy Studies, Wyman Park Building, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218. (410) 516-7169,