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Toughest Teen Job Market on Record

Young Americans face the toughest job market on record.

WASHINGTON - Young Americans face the toughest job market on record.

Only 26% of teenagers ages 16 to 19 had a job in 2011, according to a Brookings Institution study. That's down from 45% back in 2000.

Researchers found 61% of 20 to 24-year-olds were employed in 2011 compared to 72% in 2000.

The study blames the trends partly on the education system.

The report's co-author says high schools should better prepare students for college coursework and other forms of job training need to be made available.

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