The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults

The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults

Policy and program efforts to reduce youth joblessness and labor force underutilization
should focus on the following priorities: incorporating more work-based learning (such as
apprenticeships, co-ops, and internships) into education and training; creating tighter linkages
between secondary and post-secondary education; ensuring that training meets regional labor
market needs; expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit; and facilitating the transition of young
people into the labor market through enhanced career counseling, mentoring, occupational
and work-readiness skills development, and the creation of short-term subsidized jobs.

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