Teen Unemployment Rates

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Tallahassee, FL--

School is out for the summer but many teens aren't having much luck finding jobs during their break.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for 16 to 19- year-olds is at about 25%.

The bureau report shows that the unemployment rate is at about
40% among African American teens.

Kandis Hankerson wants a summer job and says, "If jobs gave teenagers more opportunities they could get the experience and go on to do better things."

Yolanda Abernathy is having trouble finding work and says, "It's been very hard over the summer to get a job. But like really need a job just do do some extra things."

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says, this unemployment increase among teens is largely due to greater competition for entry-level jobs.

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