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She'll be doing the same thing this year in a youth program run by Most Valuable Purpose Inc. Last year, the year-old's duties were called a summer job. This year they're called volunteer efforts. After two years of a federal infusion of funding for summer jobs, things are back to normal for many Ohio teens: the prospect of yet another jobless summer. Nationally, high unemployment rates for teens between 16 and 19 have been a problem for years, with the trend cementing as far back as the recession. African American teens like Tyshae especially have been hit hard. Source: U. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And black teens have the highest unemployment rates of anybody in the country -- even during good times," said Harry Holzer , an economist at Georgetown University and the Urban Institute , the Washington, D. The latest unemployment figures reflect the trend.
Sam Sanders. More than half of black males between the ages of 16 and 19 are unemployed, according to the U. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that's only counting those seeking work. Economists say legions of other young black men — nobody knows how many — have given up looking. Academics believe fewer than 14 in young black men actually have jobs. Washington, D. Experts point to several reasons for the disparity. Allison Lee is a job placement specialist at YouthBuild, which helps teens complete their GEDs, gain job training and land internships and employment.