obama_election_E_20090629182614New numbers from the Federal Bureau of Labor are dismal and show that the young people are suffering the same fate as their European counterparts.

Among the 23.5 million Americans in that age group that are looking for work, 16.3% are unemployed completely. That’s more than double the national unemployment rate which is 7.4%.

And, like the overall unemployment figure, even that too-high figure conceals profound structural problems.

As Diana Carew, an economist at the left-leaning Progressive Policy Institute, put it: “ young Americans appear stuck in their post-recessionary state.”

Think about all that wasted potential — and at a time that, for many, should be their most productive years of employment.

While corporations continue to enjoy unprecedented (and unequaled) tax cuts and while our infrastructure continues to languish and crumble we have systematically turned our back on the young people of America. We have continually allowed partisan politics to take front and center while the far left and far right continue they’re absurd takeover of Washington which seems to have ground any semblance of progress in Washington to a halt.

Posted by James Poling

A socialist, tinkerer, thinker, question asker and all around curiosity seeker. If you'd like to reach me you can use the contact link above or email me at jamespoling [at] gmail [dot] com.

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