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YouSpeak: Got a Summer Job Yet?

Students upbeat despite grim economic news


The Bureau of Labor Statistics jobs report for March painted a sobering picture for job seekers between the ages of 18 and 25. The unemployment rate for teenagers (16 to 19) was 24.2 percent and for workers under 25 was 16.2 percent—more than double the national average of 7.6 percent.

Slightly better news can be found in a recent report by the Economic Policy Institute, which found that for young college graduates the unemployment rate is 8.8 percent, but the underemployment rate is 18.3 percent, nearly double what it was in 2007.

With just four weeks left in the semester, we wondered how many students had found jobs for the summer. Despite the grim national numbers, most we talked to seemed upbeat about their employment prospects.

This week’s “YouSpeak” asks: “Do you have a summer job?”

YouSpeak” typically appears each Monday.

If you have a suggestion for a question you’d like to ask, post it in the Comments section below.

Joe Chan

Joe Chan can be reached at joechan@bu.edu.

One Comment on YouSpeak: Got a Summer Job Yet?

  • ENGJunior on 04.22.2013 at 5:40 am

    Really, no one from a tech background, except for the Cloud Database guy, who might be doing MIS. I would’ve like to see an ENG or CS major. The most jobs are found in tech areas. Also, why not related to their majors? This video doesn’t give a good spread at all. Probably listing the major instead of the students’ schools might have been better.

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