Ohio teens struggle to find work
Monday, June 18, 2012 Regions
During the summer months when teenagers are off from school, many will seek temporary employment to earn spending money. However, as the national economy continues to slowly recover, youngsters in many regions are finding it difficult to land a job.
The Dayton Daily News reports that last year, fewer than half of teenagers aged16-to-19 years were able to get a job. The source cites figures from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, which revealed that just 38.5 percent of youths in the aforementioned age group were able to land the temporary positions.
Part of the problem is that there aren't as many opportunities for unskilled workers.
"The world we’re working in today is more technology and information based. It's more mechanized than it was 20-30 years ago. The number of jobs in Dayton that require no post-secondary education is decreasing every day," said Tom Lasley, professor at the University of Dayton’s School of Education and Allied Professions, in an interview with the paper.
Overall, the jobs picture in Ohio is steadily improving. According to the state's Department of Job and Family Services, the state's unemployment rate fell to 7.3 percent in May, the 10th consecutive month it has dropped.
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