Teen Unemployment

Juan Iraheta, 19
Matt Eich / Luceo for TIME

Juan Iraheta, 19
Iraheta dropped out of a GED program last year to support his 2-year-old-son Joseph and girlfriend Claudia, 18. He caught on at electronics chain Best Buy, but his hours were cut recently, and his manager has warned of layoffs. In November, Iraheta began looking for a job with evening hours so he could return to school, but he hasn't found one yet. "It's not easy," he says. "Companies believe older workers are more reliable."

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