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On Labor Day, Organization for Americans Under 30 TellsPresident Obama, "Don't Forget Young Workers"
In Light of Last Friday’s BLS Report Showing 16.4% Youth
Unemployment in August, Young Americans Seek Inclusion in New JobsPlan
This Labor Day, OUR TIME -- a national non-profit organization thatstands up for Americans under 30 -- urges President Obama not to forget America's young laborforce as he prepares to present his new plan for creating jobs and reducing the deficit onThursday, Sept. 8.
“You are looking at the most highly educated generation in A
merican history, ready to compete
on an international level, yet left with the highest debt and highest unemployment rate,” said
Matthew Segal, president and co-
founder of OUR TIME. “We are standing together to
encourage President Obama to involve our gene
ration in his administration’s decision making process as the new jobs plan is revealed.”
Currently, there are no young Americans on the President's jobs council.
Last Friday’s release of the jobs report from the Department of Labor showed American wor
kers18-24 faced a 16.4% unemployment rate in August, marking the sixth straight month of youth joblessness exceeding 16 percent while millions more remain underemployed.
“My generation is willing and ready to work immediately, yet we remain an untapped
for American growth,” said Segal. “We have an obtuse political system that rarely seeks the
counsel, ideas or perspectives of young entrepreneurs, business leaders or unemployed workersas part of any political economic advisory team. What kind of message is Washington sending tomy generation? They cozy up to us during campaign season, but when it comes time to create
policy, we are overlooked.”
Last month, OUR TIME launched a petition entitled “Vacation’s Over!” calling on Congress to“cancel
their recess, head back to Washington, and get to work on behalf of their constituents,"
to address the job crisis among America’s young workers. OUR TIME pointed out thatCongress’s role in direct job creation is greater than “sitting on the beach, attend
dinners, and spewing talking points on cable TV.” You can view the national action to the