Youth Unemployment

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NYTimes: Where Are the Working Teenagers?

On Friday, The New York Times seemed completely bewildered by the plummeting rate of teenagers in the workforce. The Times observes, “Since 2000, the share of 16-to-19-year-olds who are working has plummeted by 40 percent, with fewer than a third of American teenagers in a job last summer.”

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Gallup: Americans Rate 4-Year College as High as Community College

Are four-year colleges any better than community colleges? Americans don’t think so, according to a new Gallup survey that finds 66 percent of respondents rated the quality of community colleges as “excellent” or “good,” while 70 percent rated four-year colleges the same way.

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Bernie Sanders Focuses on Minority Youth Unemployment

Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said youth unemployment is a “national tragedy,” and “It is beyond comprehension that we, as a nation, have not focused attention on the fact that millions of young people are unable to find work and begin their careers in a productive economy.”

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Youth Misery Index Grows More than 50% Under Obama Administration

Young America’s Foundation has released its Youth Misery Index (YMI) numbers for 2014, and it’s a record high of 106.5. The Youth Misery Index (YMI) is calculated by adding youth unemployment, student loan debt, and national debt (per capita) numbers.