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The simple answer is that there aren’t enough jobs (obviously) to go around. Sixteen year olds looking for work must understand what is going on in the country: it is truly a desperate time for anyone needing a job. Many adults are out of work and are willing to take anything they can get. That includes entry level, hourly, part time, and summer jobs that in normal years would be available for teenagers. But 2011 is NOT a normal year and NOT a normal economy.

Most kids looking for jobs for 16 year olds have zero experience and are hoping to find their first job. Employers who do have jobs will most likely hire those that have the most qualifications and that leaves teenagers out in the cold.

The United States is in BIG financial trouble now and things may not change for several or more years. Things are really bleak and it is a scary time for everyone. Jobs are not something that are guaranteed: in other words, no one has a right to a job. Having a job is a privilege and something that should be appreciated when you finally get one.

Last month the unemployment rate for teens between 19 and 19 years old was reported to be upwards of 24%. That is a VERY high percentage and more than 10% higher than during the same time period last year. Lots of experts believe things will NOT get better for many years so this is not a temporary thing.

If you are a teenager now, the best advice is to work hard in school and learn. You may not be able to get a job this summer or next summer but you mustn’t let that hurt your attitude about your studies. Keep looking for a job but know that you are not the only one having trouble. Your education is the most important thing and your real job is to be a student and to learn: don’t forget that!