This is serious stuff! My daughter had a job for almost six months cleaning houses, put up with an unbelievable amount of crap, and now is unemployed as of last week. She quit when the lady told her she was making her an independent contractor. Now it appears she has closed down her business. Daughter's friends can't find jobs. Even the ones that live in Albuquerque. My daughter wants to go to school but what classes should she take? School is expensive and it appears right now that no matter what you take, nothing guarantees a job! She had planned on taking classes last year for the movie industry but there is only a 30% placement rate for jobs in that field. What we have is a whole generation of kids sitting idle, that want to work but can't find a job. That is not a good thing. How can they learn to be productive citizens when they can't even find anything productive to do?

In 1999, slightly more than 52 percent of teens 16 to 19 worked a summer job. By this year, that number had plunged to about 32.25 percent over June and July. It means that slightly more than three in 10 teens actually worked a summer job, out of a universe of roughly 16.8 million U.S. teens.

“We have never had anything this low in our lives. This is a Great Depression for teens, and no time in history have we encountered anything like that,” said Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. “That’s why it’s such an important story.”
Teen employment hits record lows, suggesting lost generation | McClatchy