August 26, 2010

The Solution to Unemployment for Teens

The unemployment rate among teens is the highest it's been in decades. Some people are worried that being unable to find a job could affect teens emotionally when they become adults.

There are many benefits of part-time jobs for teens, but when jobs are hard to come by, teens can try self-employment. Baby-sitting, lawn-mowing and car-washing are traditional businesses for teens to run; the really motivated teen might come up with other business ideas, such as giving dance or instrument lessons to young children, doing home maintenance and yard work for neighbors or becoming the local computer geek by helping older relatives and neighbors trouble-shoot their computers.

Working for themselves will have positive emotional effects on teens well into adulthood, and could be the start of a lifetime of self-employment, which will be a real plus in the economy of the 21st century.

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