This summer, teenagers are going to be looking for work, but about one in five won't find a job. The teen unemployment rate -- currently at 23.7 percent nationally -- is the highest for any group in the U.S.
Being a teenager today is confusing. On one hand, we know that it is developmentally appropriate and healthy for teens to seek new challenges. On the other, we don't offer them enough opportunities to be relevant in their communities.
The future strength and vitality of our nation depend on what we do for the young men and women of today. Increasingly, however, many of our country's youth face tremendous challenges and disadvantages.
Jobs numbers were hailed as good news on Friday, with employers adding more than 200,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate ticking down to 8.8 percent. Less attention was given to the downside of these numbers.