Youth Employment Down Below Pre-World War II Levels - Northern Michigan's News Leader

Youth Employment Down Below Pre-World War II Levels

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It's a combination of factors but as the economy lost jobs, young inexperienced workers were squeezed out of their positions.

They are called disconnected youth, people 16-24 years of age and not employed or in school.

Experts say the high numbers are caused by a range of factors from fewer jobs to older workers losing theirs and moving down the chain and squeezing out the new inexperienced employees.

The only solution is creating more jobs because employers have shown they prefer experience over youth.

9&10's Eric Lloyd and photojournalist Jacob Johnson have more details.