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News from EPI Poorest teens have hardest time finding summer jobs

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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Contact: Phoebe Silag or Karen Conner, news@epi.org 202-775-8810

Poorest teens have hardest time finding summer jobs

Teens are seeing fewer job opportunities these days, and those who need work the most are the least likely to find it. Today’s Snapshot shows the employment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds who are not enrolled in school. Poor African American teens were the worst off:  Only 20% were able to find work, compared with 31% of poor Hispanic teens and 36% of poor white teens.