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Zach
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Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


lowest since WWII

This was the quote that struck me:

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The employment rate for youth ages 16 to 19 is down 42 percent since 2000


I worked as a painter's assistant at age 14, part time. At age 16 I went to work full time in AM radio. At 19 I cut back to part time during my 4 years of college at Centenary.

My son starting working part time at 16 and continued all through HS. Work at an early age is a great teacher of responsibility. Showing up, having money that is earned by you instead of given to you.

Your stories?







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TheOcean
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


Is this the thread where the older generation complains about how much they worked as a kid? And that everyone from the younger generation is lazy?





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TigerFanInSouthland
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


19. Gotta job. Boom. I am the 1%





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tigeraddict
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Youth employment at all time low..


that because their parent are working the fast food/retailing jobs so they can't find an opening.....






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Zach
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Is this the thread where the older generation complains about how much they worked as a kid?

Ocean, I read something about 20 years ago that upper class parents were actually discouraging their teens from working. They wanted them to focus on school work and extra - curricular activities that would look good on college applications.

I was born poor and wanted to work. Brother did the same thing in his HS years and his part time work was harder... oil fields.

But I have a family experiment. My daughter NEVER worked until after college. My son worked from age 16. Today they are both in their 30s with spouse and children.

My daughter spends money like it grows on trees. Luckily, she is married to a guy who works hard and makes a good salary.

My son is frugal with money and works overtime every chance he gets. He is doing very well.






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joshnorris14
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


I lived in Marion County Florida. I was 16 when the recession hit in 2008. Not quite as easy to find a job.





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doubleb
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Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2006
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There is an obvious need now to aise the age limits on insurance coverage from 26 to 30.

Young people can't find jobs, so we need to make sure their parents care for them.







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pistolpete23
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


Started bagging groceries at 15, $1.85hr





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Cold Pizza
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


Those damn kids just took jobs from undocumented immigrants any way. FORWARD!!!





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Joshjrn
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Baton Rouge
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


As the minimum wage rises, so too will youth unemployment. It's hard to get hired with no job experience. It's hard to get job experience when no one will hire you.





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Tmacelroy12
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Houston
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


I worked overtime during the winters and summers and never had a job during school. I know that a lot of people did, and I commend them for that. 42% is a huge drop though, damn





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Zahrim
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McCamey Texas
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


Before i started as a dishwasher (16 and $3.35/hr min wage at the time [1980's] 4.50/hr when i was moved to cook) as a kid I mowed lawns (7.00 for our lawn and i got between 7 and 15 for others lawns based on size) for my spending money. My parents payed me an allowance based on chores... .25 for cleaning the cat box, .15 per full load of logs to the fireplace from the back wood shed, etc.





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NoHoTiger
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I worked summers when I was in high school. Played sports and did other extra curriculars so I didn't work during the school year.





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kingbob
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


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Ocean, I read something about 20 years ago that upper class parents were actually discouraging their teens from working. They wanted them to focus on school work and extra - curricular activities that would look good on college applications.


This was the case in my house. My family also has a good bit of land so my dad wanted me home in the summer's to help maintain it. Not getting summer jobs in high school ended up creating a huge hurdle for me later when I was trying to get college internships with no job experience, especially since the economy tanked in the middle of my senior year of high school. Thanks Dad!






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Queen
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


I started babysitting in middle school and kept that up for several years. Can't beat cash money for a few hours of playing with some kiddos. I'd babysit today if given the chance.

When I was 16 I got my first taxpaying job at a preschool. Took kids to potty and washed mats and dishes for $5.15 an hour.

Worked all through college as a tour guide at LSU.

My sister cleaned out dog cages at a local vet office.

No reason for kids not to work. At all.






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UGATiger26
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


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42% is a huge drop though, damn


I am not surprised in the least when you consider how much society continues to infantalize youth to a greater and greater degree.

It amazes me how fast it's happening too.

21 year olds now are treated like 14 year olds were treated 10 years ago.



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kingbob
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


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21 year olds now are treated like 14 year olds were treated 10 years ago.


This. My 22 year-old roommate was coddled his whole life and now behaves like a spoiled middle-school girl without mommy around. Other than not being allowed to get a summer job, I wasn't babied at all. I was working, I just wasn't getting paid.






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cahoots
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


zach, did you walk to school 10 miles uphill through a freezing snowstorm?

i didn't, but my macbook's battery never lasted all day during school, so sometimes i had to listen to the teacher talk. terrible, but it was good for me i think.







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RogerTheShrubber
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


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Started bagging groceries at 15, $1.85hr



Yard work at 8
Worked concession stands in summers at 13-14
Farm work 15-18 summers
Upholstery shop after school/sports 15-18






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LSUconvert
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re: Youth employment at all time low...what's your story?


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zach, did you walk to school 10 miles uphill through a freezing snowstorm?


uphill, both ways.






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