Kids Count: R.I. youth employment rate at 50%

RHODE ISLAND'S youth employment rate is at roughly 50 percent and is following a trend of decline against a still struggling economy, according to a new Kids Count report from the Annie B. Casey Foundation. / COURTESY KIDS COUNT
RHODE ISLAND'S youth employment rate is at roughly 50 percent and is following a trend of decline against a still struggling economy, according to a new Kids Count report from the Annie B. Casey Foundation. / COURTESY KIDS COUNT
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s youth employment rate, at around 50 percent for those aged 16 to 24, is following in what is being called a…

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  1. How many of these youth actually want to work, or are prepared to? That is, are willing and able to show up on time, on the days they’re scheduled, in proper attire, with the appropriate attitude? In addition – since we’re talking about youth up to the age of 24 – also without visible piercings or tattoos for those workplaces where such would be an obstacle to employment or serving customers?

    How many youth are “employed” in “under-the-counter”/cash jobs? I.e., how are entrepreneurially-minded youth counted in this report (or are they)? (e.g., yard work, housecleaning, child-sitting, etc)

    The secret among youth-employment programs is how many youth are so very unprepared – at the most basic levels – for the workforce. (I ran a couple of federally and state-financed youth employment programs in the late 1970’s and I know that things have gotten much worse since then.)

    I did my part this past year by employing a motivated teen to do yard work weekly. Remember when this was the standard, versus hiring a landscaping company? Yes he needed (some) supervision and guidance, but he was a good worker with an eye for design. Did he make some mistakes? Yes – BUT the last landscaping company I used hired youth they did not supervise, who destroyed several garden plants that they “thought” were weeds. (!!!!) And they charged several times over what the teen cost me.

    Find a youth (or 2) and give them a “job”. As they learn, give them more tasks and more responsibility. If each of us who could do this, did, the problem would be solved.