Among youth in Illinois, unemployment is up and employment is down. This is according to the Kids Count report, published Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that since 2000, those 16-24 who are not in school and don’t have a job is 270,000, up 16 percent, and the number with jobs – 779,000 – is down 19 percent.
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Kelley Talbot, director of youth development for the group Voices for Illinois Children, says the economy is partly to blame. “You see one in which new workers looking to enter the work force are not seeing as many positions to fill, but also, you’re seeing a population of people who are not prepared for the jobs that are available,” she said.
Talbot says the solution is to keep kids in school, to make sure schools do a better job teaching skills that employers need, and to get students to meet employed people, so they can understand the skills needed to get and keep a job.