Finding a job is a difficult task for all young people, and with the job market being what it is these days, it’s gotten even harder.
In October 2010, teen unemployment reached a high of 28%. This summer it dropped down to 24% overall, but for Black teens, unemployment reached a staggering high of 40% this spring.
For young men and especially young men of color, the unemployment rates are always higher than the overall percentage. And the unemployment rate for teen fathers is around 57%.
Unemployment can have long-term effects on the earning power and mental health of a teen. But don’t despair. There are many resources available to help you deal with unemployment and depression. And there are programs and services out there that can help you find the right job for you. If you’re a teen looking for a job, try:
- The National Urban League Jobs Network
- YouthBuild USA
- LatPro - employment resources for Hispanic and bilingual professionals.
- CareerOneStop Employer Locator
- Job Corps
- The Conservation Corps
- National H.I.R.E. Network – quality job opportunities open to people with criminal records.
Chances are you’ll be able to find a local Youth Employment Program or Youth Employment Services in your state, and if you feel like you need a little more training, here’s a state-by-state list of Vocational Training Schools.
All the best of luck with your job search!