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Monday, April 09, 2012

As unemployment declines in Oregon, youth unemployment continues to rise.

Oregon Employment Department regional economist Carolyn Eagan said the overall unemployment rate last year was 9.4 percent but was 19 percent for workers age 16 to 24, compared to about 11 percent in 2007.
Guy Tauer, another regional economist, said young workers have lost more employment than other age group.
"It's one of the groups that has suffered the greatest," he said. "Looking at hiring data and total employment, the younger you are the worse the recession has impacted you."
"It's an employer's market," he said, and employers can pick the most experienced people for jobs, putting people with less experience at a disadvantage."

Read more at The Daily News Online.

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