Jesse Lederer says he searched jobs sites for months hoping to find a job that could help him pay to stay in college, but he found he didn’t have the experience to get hired.
Employment officials say Lederer’s experience has been duplicated across Oregon as youth unemployment continues to rise even as overall unemployment slowly declines.
Oregon Employment Department regional economist Carolyn Eagan tells The Bulletin of Bend that the overall unemployment rate last year was 9.4 percent.
But she says it was 19 percent for workers age 16 to 24, compared to about 11 percent in 2007.
Guy Tauer, another regional economist, says the group has lost more employment than other age group.
Information from: The Bulletin, http://www.bendbulletin.com