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KSLA News 12 Editorial: May 29, 2013-Young and Jobless

As thousands of graduates are about to hit the job market this month, something disturbing came across my desk when it comes to unemployment among the young.

Nationwide, the unemployment rate is over 16 percent for young adults ages 18 to 29. Today's young Americans face the worst employment prospects in recent history.

Part of this can be blamed on the downturn in the economy that began in 2008 and the downsizing of companies. Fewer people are doing more work.

Those without educational credentials or without any practical skills are difficult to employ.

Job opportunities are scarce for everyone, but the young are finding they have to compete with experienced older workers who are now in jobs that used to be held by younger people.

As our economy continues to gradually improve it's time for business and government to step up and make the commitment to hire more workers. Millions of unemployed young people is a recipe for disaster.

I'm James Smith.

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