Teenage Orphans of the Job Boom

Unemployment rages among minority youths

Since its beginning in 1982, the U.S. economic recovery has been something of a big, boisterous back-to-work bash. The growth binge has provided more than 4 million new jobs. But one group, minority teenagers, has found the door to the party all but slammed in its face. The chronic inability of these young people to get jobs, even during a boom time, has become one of the most painful and persistent economic problems facing the U.S. Says Robert Coard, executive director of Action for Boston Community Development: "This syndrome is having a terrible impact on the morale of the minority community...

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