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Report shows high unemployment among Tenn. youth

9:07 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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According to a recent report, there's a high unemployment rate among Tennessee's youth.

The report, from the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count Project, showed fewer than one in four teenagers, ages 16 - 19, were working last year. Only about 60 percent of young adults, ages 20 - 24, had a job.

The report cited the economic downturn, which forced teens and young adults to compete for entry-level jobs against older, displaced workers.

Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Delores Gresham said Tennessee has passed education reforms that should help students perform better in school and hopefully be more competitive in the workforce, but she said "everybody has to do their part."

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