Summer employment is critical to the success of young people, good for business, and important for our country. But today's youth are struggling to get the work experience they need for the jobs of the future. Just 48.8 percent of youth between the ages of 16-24 were employed last 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.
The Summer Jobs+ initiative has 90,000 paid jobs and thousands more mentoring programs, internships and other training opportunities for youth. To locate an opportunity in your community, visit the Jobs+ initiative at: https://webapps.dol.gov/summerjobs Employers are encouraged to join the effort at the site on this link.
Summer jobs are often a major life learning experience for young people. What did you learn from your summer job? What advice do you have for today's youth? Please submit your thoughts below.