Youth Unemployment Rates Rise

ConnecticutAccording to the 2016 State of Working Connecticut Report the state added 5,700 jobs in January and the unemployment rate remained at a relatively healthy 4.5 percent, but according to economists the unemployment rate for young people in the state is over double that amount at 10 percent. When urban areas were examined the rate almost quadruples to 20 percent.

Many fear that minimum wage increases will only make the issue worse as they feel that a raise in minimum wage would prevent employers from hiring young, unskilled workers.  Others feel the wage increase is vital for youths to be able to find employment where the income is enough to meet their basic needs.

While many disagree on how to solve the issue, the majority concur that education and employment programs for younger workers are keys to reversing the trend of high unemployment in the cities.

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