A significant amount of research has been conducted on the effects of youth employment finding that there are a number of benefits to young people being employed. The benefits of young people being employed are too great to not act to improve youth employment rates, which remain at record lows. Below is a sampling of the findings that illustrate how important youth employment programs are.
1Kevin G. Hall, “Teen employment hits record lows, suggesting lost generation”, McClatchy Washington Bureau, Washington D.C. 2013.
2“Youth Employment Rate”, United States Department of Labor, Washington DC http://www.dol.gov/odep/categories/youth/youthemployment.htm
3Andrew Sum, Joseph McLaughlin, Sheila Palma, The Collapse of the Nation's Male Teen and Young Adult Labor Market, 2000-2009: The Lost Generation of Young Male Workers, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston 2009.
4Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, Sheila Palma, The Consequences of Dropping Out of High School: Joblessness and Jailing for High School Dropouts and the High Cost for Taxpayers, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston 2009.
5Rory O'Sullivan, Konrad Mugglestone, Tom Allison, In This Together: The Hidden Cost of Young Adult Unemployment, Young Invincibles, Washington DC 2014.
6Andrew Sum, Mykhayo Trubskyy, Walter McHugh, The Summer Employment Experiences and the Personal/Social Behaviors of Youth Violence Prevention Employment Program Participants and Those of a Comparison Group: Executive Summary, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston 2013.
7 “Skills for Employment Policy Brief: Increasing the Employability of Disadvantaged Youth”, International Labour Office, Geneva 2011.
8Summer Youth Employment Program Impact Analysis, Center for Economic Development and Business Research, Wichita State University, Wichita 2009.
9Jill Casner-Lotto, Are They Really Ready To Work? Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century U.S. Workforce, The Conference Board, Inc., The Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Washington DC 2006.
10Andrew Sum, Robert Taggart, and Ishwar Khatiwada, The Path Dependence of Teen Employment in the U.S.: Implications for Youth Workforce Development Policy, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston 2007.
11 Andrew Sum, Ishwar Khatiwada, Joseph McLaughlin, Sheila Palma, The Collapse of the National Teen Job Market and the Case for An Immediate Summer and Year Round Youth Jobs Creation Program, Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston 2008.
12Andrew Sum, Neeta Fogg, and Garth Mangum, Confronting the Youth Demographic Challenge: The Labor
Market Prospects of At-Risk Youth, Sar Levitan Center for Social Policy Studies, Baltimore, 2000.
13Bruce Western, Punishment and Inequality in America, Russell Sage Foundation, New York, 2006.
14“Employment and Unemployment Among Youth Summary”, Bureau of Labor Statistics, United States Department of Labor, Washington DC 2013.
15Sarah Ayres, Middle-Out for Millennials: An Economic Agenda for Young Americans, Center for American Progress, Washington DC 2013.
16Christopher L. Smith, Polarization, immigration, education: What's behinf the dramatic decline in youth employment?, Division of Research & Statistics and Monetary Affairs, Federal Reserve Board, Washington DC 2011.