According to state employment economist Nick Beleiciks, the unemployment rate is highest for teenagers. About 40 percent of Oregonians between the ages of 16 and 19 are in the work force, or trying to be, and of those about 30 percent are unemployed. Beleiciks says summer employment can affect the numbers, but more and more, young people looking for seasonal work are competing with adults who are seeking the same jobs because they can’t find work in their chosen fields.
Are you young and unemployed? How do you see your age affecting your job search? Are you the parent of a young person looking for work?
- Karen Locke: 25-year-old freelance writer
- Nick Beleiciks: Oregon state employment economist
- Samantha Seibt: Junior at Wilson High School