Where's the Change?
The official “seasonally adjusted” jobless rate for Black youths between 16 and 19 years-of-age jumped from 33.8 to 40.5 percent between March and April 2013; while the official jobless rate for all Black workers (youth, female and male) in the United States was still 13.2 percent in April 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ data.
'This is especially worrying considering how teenage work leads into adult work. Without a solid resume that suggests responsibility and effort, teenagers on their way to becoming adults in the real world will potentially find it difficult to get gainful employment. That then creates a cycle of joblessness and poverty that keeps African-Americans in the lower class. We have to remember that setting up our children for failure only prepares them to be failed adults, too.'