Record number of young Americans jobless-researcher

* Only 26 percent of teen-agers had jobs in late 2009

* Figure is record low since records began in 1948

* Report backs jobs programs, re-enrollment, internships

CHICAGO, Jan 26 (BestGrowthStock) – The U.S. economic recession has
taken a particularly heavy toll on young Americans, with a
record one out five black men aged 20 to 24 neither working nor
in school, according to research released on Tuesday.

Teenagers have found it significantly harder to get a job
since the recession began in late 2007, with black youths and
young people from low-income families faring the worst, wrote
Andrew Sum of Northeastern University in Boston, a employment
researcher commissioned by the Chicago Urban League and the
Alternative Schools Network.

“Low-income and minority youth, who depended on part-time
jobs as a significant stepping stone to future employment, have
been forced out of the job market and economically
marginalized,” Herman Brewer of the Chicago Urban League said
in a statement.

Overall, 26 percent of American teenagers aged 16 to 19 had
jobs in late 2009, said the report, which was based on U.S.
Census Bureau data. That figure is a record low since
statistics began to be kept in 1948, the researchers said.

Employment counts the number of people with a job as a
percentage of the entire work force. By contrast, the
unemployment rate — which stood at 10 percent in December in
the United States — does not include people who have grown
discouraged and stopped looking for work.

Joblessness was particularly rife among high school
dropouts aged 16 to 24 who were neither in school nor holding a
job, the report said. Family income also had a influence on

Only 13 percent of low-income black teenagers in Illinois
held a job in 2008 compared with 48 percent of more affluent
white, non-Hispanic teens.

The “disconnection rate” — Americans aged 20 to 24 who
were neither in school nor working — jumped to 28 percent last
year from 17 percent in 2007.

“If you included those in prison it would be a couple of
points higher,” the report’s co-author Joseph McLaughlin of

Among the proposals the report supported were
government-funded jobs programs directed at the young,
additional funding to help re-enroll school dropouts, and
government-funded expansions of work internships.

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(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Eric Walsh)

Record number of young Americans jobless-researcher