You can't ignore the facts: Teens face the highest unemployment rate of all age groups in the United States, so it’s time to take action. According to a recent government survey, 15.8 percent of people ages 16 to 19 are unemployed, compared with just 4.5 percent of people age 20 and over. If we can’t find entry-level jobs, our individual futures are in jeopardy—and it’s dangerous for the future of our country as well.
The truth is, so many more teens would be hired if they didn’t have to be paid the same amount as adults. It’s just common sense. If I ran a business and had to choose between hiring either a teen or an adult for the same wage, I would obviously prefer to hire the more experienced and qualified grown-up. But if I could spend less money to get the same amount of work done, I’d have more incentive to hire younger, less-experienced employees and put in the extra time and effort to train them properly.