Employment prospects for young people have gotten much worse since 2000, but those prospects vary from place to place. The Brookings Institution just released a comprehensive report on the state of youth employment and unemployment, and things are grim. They found that employment among teenagers and young adults has plummeted over the last decade.
In June 2013, the number of people Age 16 or older in the United States who were counted as having jobs rose by 160,000 to 144,058,000. The biggest gains were claimed by Americans between the ages of 20 and 24, who saw their numbers in the workforce increase by 193,000 to 13,605,000, while American teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 saw their seasonally-adjusted number in the workforce rise by just 24,000 to 4,469,000.
Forever 21 is changing teen retail forever. The fast fashion brand's sales increased 82% from 2007 to 2012, according to Reuters. Meanwhile, classic teen retailers like Abercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle, and Aeropostale struggle to connect with customers.
I’m an admirer of Caitlin Flanagan’s skills as a writer of prose, and I like that she likes to take on topics that others shy away from. But it’s always bothered me that the Atlantic lets her write articles that, under guise of book reviewing or some such, make sweeping statements of social trends without any kind of empirical backing or even recognition of the possibility that assertions can be verified or not through data.