Out of School, Out of Work
Photo: Paul Sakuma
Anne Kim, Washington Monthly
The pandemic has taken an outsized economic toll on young workers, who disproportionately hold jobs in hard-hit sectors such as retail, hospitality, and food service. Unemployment among 16-to-24-year-olds soared from 10 percent in March 2020 to 26 percent in April, with the highest rates of joblessness among Black and Latino youth.
In theory, the federal government's Job Corps program is supposed to help. The program, however, has performed poorly for decades. Worst of all, inattention has led to years of underinvestment in new approaches that show promise for young people.