3/21: Summer jobs for teens

Moderated by Rick Badie

Looks like it’s going to be another bummer summer for Georgia’s job-seeking teens.

Employment prospects are expected to be dismal for 16- to 19-year-olds, according to a research fellow at the Employment Policies Institute.

Today, he explains our high teen jobless rate while a job specialist wonders if the nation’s youth-unemployment figures reflect a new normal.

What do you think?

9 comments Add your comment


March 21st, 2012
11:43 pm

We are at the mercy of foreign firms who pay no tax. We are the worlds sanctuary for foreign money, over 4 trillion dollars. We require that they pay no taxes on interest or capital gains or federal state or local. They get immunity from crimes and the press ignores this.
They are so powerful they have taken over our politicans with buy offs………….we are toast and are just now feeling the consequences.
Every notice how most small businesses are owned by foreigners now? They have taken over and receive unfair economic incentives while our government crushes American businesses.

George Frederick

March 21st, 2012
8:38 pm

Michael Saltsman’s comparison of the 2012 unemployment rate with the 2002 unemployment rate is purely a strawman. Employment rates in 2002 were very low, almost half the current rate, as he suggests, but increases in minimum wage are not the cause of that discrepancy. The unemployment rate in 1992 was equal to that of 2002, although minimum wage increased in 1991. We’re still recovering from the worse recession since the Great Depression. Job creation is dependent on consumer ability to spend. In our consumer driven economy, employment is led by spending. Minimum wage increases have positive impact on consumer ability to spend, but minor impact on unemployment statistics as a broader look at unemployment and minimum wage histories from the Bureau of Labor Statistics illustrates. Minimum wage probably has little or no impact on teen employment when overall unemployment is so high.

J.B. Stoner-(the white one)

March 21st, 2012
12:30 pm


J.B. Stoner-(the white one)

March 21st, 2012
12:30 pm

most are in jail or on drugs…..

Hillbilly D

March 21st, 2012
9:56 am

If someone would explain their thinking I would appreciate it.

Their thinking is that they and their buddies are making a lot of money the way things are. They don’t really care about anybody else.


March 21st, 2012
9:15 am

I am sure that we are going to find mostly high school seniors who would be likely to really work. Extra money for college, clothing, to get some of the things they will need. Summer jobs programs have all been wipe away and it is sad. Some teens really want to work for various reasons and it would help develop them personally. If some do find some employment I hope they keep the interest of their work up front and not be side-tracked by what they seen on TV or witness somewhere else that getting it now on the fast track is the way to go. I also want to remind all consumers that even teens are aware of the images of making big bucks….what we use to get for 2-3 dollars have now went from 5 to 6 or even 7 dollars and to be honest, many consumers are not paying for those service…anymore. All businesses have taken it upon themselves to try and keep the trend going; however, many are falling by the way-side. To quick to get rich off of the consumers and the consumer is not willing to let that happen in this economy! Hanging out at other homes might work for a while but days often end quickly and in this world, teens will need some cash. The problem is, how do they get it if they are not getting from their parents or other relatives. I will not say it but we all know how….and that is not a good thing for them to do. I hope some businesses will find ways to open up jobs for some teens if it is merely for summer employment. Good luck out there!

Not Blind

March 21st, 2012
9:07 am

The country is a far different place from the one the teenaged boomers knew in the 60’s and 70’s.
No more compulsory military draft;
public schools have declined badly;
the jobs teenagers found back in the day are more likely to be taken by some recently arrived middle aged immigrant or illegal alien today;
the housing bubble was partly made possible by a huge influx of illegal aliens resulting in the complete elimination of whole categories of American craftsmen and their young apprentices;
Visa programs for high tech jobs have decimated the opportunities for advancement of young [ and older ] Americans;
the outsourcing of whole industries has caused millions of Americans to be forced to be under employed taking jobs that were for up and comers in the past;

You can thank your federal government for the vast majority of this country’s current ills. Politicians of all persuasions and bureaucrats working under the radar are doing their best to destroy the American dream. If someone would explain their thinking I would appreciate it.


March 21st, 2012
12:19 am

Not sure about all areas, but in our neighborhood basically none of the teens work nor do they have a desire to. They basically hang out at each other’s homes while the parents are at work where they swim, watch movies on cable, play video games and gorge themselves on food from the fridge. Shoot who has time for a job.


March 20th, 2012
6:42 pm

I just PRAY and HOPE that they do not encounter a ZIMMERMAN type , like Trayvon Martin did in Orlando, Fla. on the streets of Atlanta, this summer. Many Mothers would be thankful just to have their Son’s come home at the end of the day.