Those Summertime Blues

Millions of American youths have traditionally learned how to adjust to the discipline of the working life for the first time with a summer job. Usually semiskilled and poor paying, or at the lowest professional levels, such jobs also help pay for the high cost of education. The recession, though, has made this year's the job picture murky. Opportunities are scarce in many parts of the country, but jobs are still going begging in some places.

Overall, there are probably fewer summer jobs this year than last. Companies that liked to get a...

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