New Report Shows High Unemployment Among Young People

A new KIDS COUNT report says the number of West Virginia teens and young adults who are unemployed and aren't in school is rising. According to the report, 40 percent of West Virginians ages 16 to 24 held a job in 2011. That's down from 53 percent in 2000. About 50 percent of young people nationally were employed in 2011, compared to 60 percent in 2000. Laid off workers are now competing for entry level positions, which makes it harder for young people to enter the workforce. The report recommends developing a national youth employment strategy, along with employer-sponsored earn-and-learn programs.