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Youth Employment


The United States is at a critical point in its modern history and is faced with opportunities and challenges that will require collective action to accomplish a vision of high wage jobs, global competitiveness and vibrant communities. As the nation continues to recover from the deepest recession since the Great Depression, American youth face record unemployment and are struggling to get the work experience they need for jobs of the future.  "We need to do everything we can to make sure they've got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job", President Barack Obama.

According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • 48.8 percent of youth between the ages of 16-24 were employed in July, the month when youth employment usually peaks. This is significantly lower than the 59.2 percent of youth who were employed five years ago and 63.3 percent of youth who were employed 10 years ago.
  • Minority youth had an especially difficult time finding employment this past summer. Only 34.6 percent of African American youth and 42.9 percent of Hispanic youth had a job this past July.
  • According to a May 22, 2012 International Labor Organization report the global youth unemployment rate will rise to 12.7 percent this year and remain there until 2016.

Key Youth Employment Programs and Tools


While parents have the primary responsibility for the social, ethical, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of their children, programs that support their efforts can strengthen the ability of the family to raise healthy children, productive workers, and responsible citizens.

There are many national, state and local programs and tools that impact youth employment:



Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)


In 1990, the Secretary of Labor appointed a commission to determine the skills our young people need to succeed in the world of work. The commission's fundamental purpose was to encourage a high-performance economy characterized by high-skill, high-wage employment. Although the commission completed its work in 1992, its findings and recommendations continue to be a valuable source of information for individuals and organizations involved in education and workforce development. The SCANS Workplace Essential Skills.



Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

Florida and Okaloosa County QuickFacts


Florida A&M University Career Center

The Career Center is an integral part of the total education process at the Florida A&M University. The Career Center's goal is to assists in the fulfillment of the primary mission of Florida A&M University; namely, to prepare and provide opportunities for students to pursue meaningful careers in a variety of professional and occupational fields and/or pursue graduate studies.




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