The Demographics of Joblessness
It would seem that there’s something cultural about young-adult joblessness:
Much of the spike in unemployment was caused by an unusually large surge of teenagers and people in their 20s into the labor force. And those young workers had little success finding work. The jobless rate among 16- to 19-year-olds rose to 18.7 percent from 15.4 percent in April. Retailers, who employ a large number of unskilled teenagers during the summer, cut 27,000 positions in the month.
Rising unemployment, however, spread well beyond young people. The jobless rate rose among almost every other group — men, women, blacks and whites. The rate was unchanged among Latinos.
This recent article on H-2B visas comes to mind:
Several factors make recruiting American workers for seasonal jobs difficult, Venturini said. Some people just don’t want to clean dirty rooms, she said, plus the jobs are temporary and often require working weekends and holidays. …
As for college students, they are increasingly more interested in internships or jobs that will directly enhance their career prospects. And with Newport and Block Island trying to create “shoulder seasons” before Memorial Day and after Labor Day, college students are often not available when employers need them. …
“We would love to hire American workers, and not have to deal with housing, airline tickets, fees. As a business, why would you go through all this unless you had to?” said the Hotel Viking’s O’Donnell. “We’re a hotel, first and foremost. We need clean rooms. We need to have skilled housekeepers.”
In the fashion after which issues tumble and blend, some cultural readjustment may result from and alleviate economic hardship. (Maybe.)