National Public Radio ran a brief report last Saturday about youth unemployment and and the not-so-evident “risks” it creates. While the current national unemployment rate is 9.1%, the rate for teenagers (age 16-19) is just over 25%. The fact that 1 in 4 teenagers looking for work can’t find a job is sobering. A lack of employment opportunities for today’s adolescence can have profound long-term negative effects. The absence of that initial job, whether it be scooping ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery or pouring coffee at Starbucks, can adversely impact their ability to succeed in college as well as secure work in adulthood. Many important life lessons: interpersonal communication techniques and conflict resolution strategies are introduced during these formative years. Considering that 8 out of 10 jobs in the American economy are in the service sector…not learning the fundamentals of customer service or the skill of working within groups to achieve a common objective retards the development of working age individuals and likely contributes to adult unemployment. Click on the linked article below: both the broadcast audio and a typed transcript of the report is available.