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Teen Policy Point

Teen Policy Point

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Published by: Illinois Policy Institute on Nov 12, 2012
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Only 27 percent o teens in Illinois had jobs last year – the lowest Illinois teen employment rate in the 42 years thisdata has been collected. Te gures were worst or Arican American teens in Chicago, where only 10 percent had jobs.As the graphic shows, the Great Recession clobbered teens with higher unemployment rates, ewer employmentopportunities and ewer hours worked – a perect storm.
37.08%29.33%16.20%24.35%Average employment rateas % of the populationAverage Unemployment rate8.3 hrs.6.65 hrs.Average hours worked per weekPre-recession years 2002-07Recession and post-recession years 2008-11
But another obstacle hurting teens is Illinois’ minimum wage o $8.25 an hour, which is ourth-highest in thenation and a dollar higher than the ederal minimum wage.With an hourly minimum wage o $8.25, employers will hire whoever can produce the most output or thatamount. When teens are competing with adults or minimum wage jobs, teens will be passed over or the job inavor o workers with more experience.
Teen unemployment in Illinois: the toll of the Great Recession and minimum wage
by ed Dabrowski, Vice President o Policy, Lawrence J. McQuillan, PhD, Chie Economist andJohn H. Klingner, Research Assistant
Nov.12, 2012

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