Another Obama Record!… Percentage of Young People Employed Is Lowest Ever

How’s that hope and change treating you now?

There are no jobs… But Obama can sing in the shower anyway.

The percentage of young people employed was the lowest ever for a July since the government started tracking the numbers in 1948.
CNS News reported, via Free Republic:

Although more young people found jobs between April and July, the percentage of young people employed in July 2011 was the lowest July rate on record since the government started tracking the numbers in 1948.

Data released on Wednesday by the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that only 48.8 percent of young people ages 16-24 were employed in July, a slightly lower percentage than last year. Youth employment typically peaks in July, as high school and college students work summer jobs and graduates take permanent jobs.

In July 2011, 18.6 million 16- to 24-year-olds were employed, about the same number as last year (although a lower percentage).

Twenty-six percent of employed youth worked in the leisure and hospitality sector (which includes food services), and another 21 percent found jobs in the retail trade industry.

Breaking it down into demographic groups, 50.2 percent of young men ages 16-24 were employed in July, as were 47.3 percent of women, 52.3 percent of whites, 34.6 percent of blacks, 40.5 percent of Asians, and 42.9 percent of Hispanics.

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    LOL .. well they voted for their “american idol” …guess that strategy didn’t pay off now did it… maybe when the colleges stop pushing their marxist socialist agenda the little kiddies might actually be able to think with what little brain they have

  • averagemelon

    All four of my children fall in this catagory and have TWO jobs each. I’m CERTAIN they will be BLAMED for having work because they are white….not because they are smart, have an excellent work ethic and try hard to achieve their dreams even if it means doing hard, grunt work for low wages.

  • mcc

    Oh, don’t think he doesn’t have a job for them:

    Why else create the need?

  • mcc
  • Bill Mitchell

    The amazing thing is that you can trace the drop in youth employment DIRECTLY to the moment the Dems forced through that huge increase in the minimum wage. Once again, Democrat social engineering results only in suffering.

  • Ripped

    That’s because of Baracolipse, now adults are taking those low paying summer jobs because no other jobs exist.

  • Bill Mitchell

    I think it is an amazing piece of irony that the very people who turned out and voted for Obama in droves based upon his vacuous “change we can believe in” message are getting screwed the hardest here.

    I think the Dems may have lost an entire generation of voters here.

  • WillofLa

    I have a little 94 Honda Civic. My son drives it now for his car. He doesn’t know how to take care of it, but I’m an old school hot rodder so I take care of it. Right now it now running because I believe the ECM has crashed and is not letting it start. But, we have more than one vehicle and he’s using his mothers car to go to school. I have a 74 Chevy p/u truck that built up pretty good that I drive around since I don’t drive very much any more since I’m disabled it doesn’t cost me to much so long as I don’t get down on it.

    None of this matters what so ever when it comes to the subject of this article except for one big thing. And that thing is what I have been stressing to my son for the last few days that his little car hasn’t been running, and that is what I’ve been telling him, “What would you do, son, if you had to deal with this yourself, by yourself? What if you had to be the one to pay for all these expensive parts, and you had your rent or electric bill due and you’ve already gotten one shut off notice? And you have a real hard choice to make, fix the car so I can get to work, of keep my electicity on? What if you were between jobs, or the day the car broke down was the day you were laid off from your job? Do you understand the gravity of this situation, that you are being allowed to skate on this problem and not have to deal with it due to it’s complexity and cost? Can you imagine what it would be like if we didn’t have these other cars and you were on foot and had to find some other way to get to school, and around looking for work?”

    I told him the other day coming back from where it’s parked near our house, “Son I just don’t know what you kids are going to do. I just don’t know what kind of jobs you’re going to be able to find that you can make enough money to pay for a decent used car, or it might be a piece of crap car that is broke down all the time, I hope not, but where are you kids going to find jobs that pay enough to where you’ve got the money to pay for cars, apartments, clothes, maybe you might have to go to the doctor for something. I just don’t know where you all are going to find jobs when you kids these days don’t have college educations or even good training available to you anymore so that you could find, if there were these jobs around anymore, jobs were you’ll have money just for basic living expences. I just don’t know what y’all are going to do.”

    He kinda mumbled something. I asked him again when we got home, “I spent this money today, what would you do if you had to pay for it?” At that point he just wanted to be left alone. But this problem the Democrats and Obama has caused, and don’t think I’m leaving out the Republican’s either because I’m not. They are just as responsible for this mess as the Democrats. They all caused it, or they let it happen. Our kids don’t have any future, damn it!! I don’t want to be taking care of one of my two kids for the rest of my life because the Democrats wanted to spread the wealth around and forced all the manufacturing and industry out of the country? Give me a break! Yeah, sure, if my son had the grades to get into college doing something he might have a good start, but for how long before the government takes those jobs down?

    There is just to much insecurity in the country these days, and we’re all feeling it right down to having the money to buy a car part to get the little Honda running. If you don’t have it, then the thing sits. But when you need it, and you can “TAKE” money from other things, is that always the right decision? And what do we learn from all this, if anything?

    Not good people, not good. Our kids have got to be able to take care of themselves without having to come up with the other half from your parents. Then what happens if they die, and things still aren’t better, what then?

  • Ron

    Look at the cover of that rag, Barack: I sing in the shower! Should read: I play the violin!

  • Sam Stone

    My son thankfully did the different thing and went to a local college to hone his love of working on cars. The local college has auto tech courses sponsored by Ford and Toyota. Toyota says that the courses are one of the best around and 95% of its graduates go on to find jobs soon thereafter. Many are hired by Toyota before they even graduate the courses.

    My son is 22 years old, has been working full time as a auto tech for 2.5 years now, has no education debt and has a fine boss who treats him and the other tech very well. Last week the boss took his 2 employees to dinner because the business made more money last month than any month in the 12 year history of the business.

    One of the first jobs my son had could not keep him on and so my son went about a half mile away and was hired on the spot with an increase in pay.

    His friends who graduated college with degrees are still waiting tables or working at gonowhere jobs trying to pay off their school debt.

    Hopefully one day he will open his own shop and hire a few young kids out of school and continue the American dream.

  • Halal-Pig-Fries

    What I’m interested in is will he sing when he bends over to pick up the soap in Leavenworth – or just smile. This creep needs a nice long vacation in Federal lockup.

  • Patty

    Obama can seems to think the youth are one of his options, besides the black and Hispanic voters.

    But Obama could be speaking to the wind when it comes to the Youth of today. They are speaking out in classrooms and on Campus and they have payers remorse when it comes to Obama.

    Many are not voting and those who are, are voting for the other guy. Some have even said anyone could run against Obama and win. That I have said is not a good thing and they should research the candidates rhetoric and be sure it matches their past actions.

    No candidate can be believed unless you know the past history and record. I asked them did they research Obama and many said no or a little but then I asked why then did you vote for him.

    He was a cool and internet savvy guy. Wow! I just about lost it. But I then said, “Will you research the next time around” answers varied but for the most part they are said the would not for again for Obama and they would try to research candidates better. Couldn’t ask for more than that.

  • MrGoodWench

    Thats because its easier and cheaper to hire illegals .

  • Part of the problem is that illegals are doing the jobs that young people would normally be doing. Many fast food restaurants are filled with people that barely speak English

  • Patty

    110,000 national guard troops on the East Border. Just like that to help with Irene Hurricane.

    Now, if we can do that, could you imagine the southern borders with these troops for one year or longer until all the laws on the books and all the illegals “criminal ones” were shown the door.

    I wonder what the benefits monetarily would be.

  • Patty

    Kind of Debunk Waters theory…..Lady, everyone is hurting with Obama as president. And the Tea Party doesn’t have a DARN thing to do with it.

  • BS-meter


    Two jobs? Each?!

    Don’t let Obama find out or he’ll take one of their jobs and give the money to some deadbeat who only wants the paycheck, not the job. Sort of a “Spread the Jobs Around” program.

    Hey! Maybe that’s the gist of his ‘secret’ jobs initiative he’s going to reveal on September 3. He’s going to take jobs away from those folks that have had to take on multiple part-time employment to make ends meet. How unfair of them to be hogging all the jobs! (sarc)

  • Militant Conservative

    While singing Obama has to be very careful of the drain and not slipping through.

    His ears would keep him from falling all the way through. He might come out clean,

    but he would still smell the same. Can’t make a terd smell good.

    powder is dry

  • Militant Conservative

    interesting how my candidates stacked up. Obama and Biden were the absolute

    last on the list. Gee, Ya THINK!!!!

  • Patty

    posted before but worth posting again.










    A JOB,



    IT’S TIME TO WAKE UP AMERICA !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patty

    off topic but go here to see how your candidate stacks up.

  • WillofLa

    It’s like Robert Reich said about some jobs that could be stimulated from Obama’s program to put people back to work, or at least that’s what he said his plan would do, “the money needs to go to people who’ve been looking for work for awhile, but let’s make sure that we don’t give these jobs to White skilled laborer’s because that’s not what this plan is for. It’s supposed to give jobs to people other than White skilled, experienced workers.” Of something to that affect, but it is the same thing that Obama has been doing since he got into office with one exception and that is Obama loves unions. They got most of the jobs Reich said they were supposed to go to. So who were the jobs supposed to go to that were going to be generated by the stimulus? Who else, Black youth. You know, the kinds that are in gangs hanging out on the street corners dealing dope, pumping their sister, or mother, and don’t see doing anything else as well paying. Of course the life span doing that kind of work doesn’t come with a pension plan or retirement because these youth usually only last a few months until somebody shoots their butts and kills them.

    Black youth in America has always had the lowest employment rate of any race. I have kept up with it over the decades. The numbers haven’t really changed much since the 60’s. The only group that has changed most is White kids. Their numbers have actually gone down. And there is a race that the government is misconstruing to the American public and that race is the Mexican kids. See, what the government is counting are the kids of illegals. You know, they are the ones who Durbin had in his office showing off to the press along with Janet Napolitano who’s job it is to keep illegal Mexican’s out of the country? Had she done her job we’d see smaller numbers of Mexican’s hired to work than we see. We are seeing higher numbers of Mexican kids working or in college and will be moving on to real good paying jobs after graduation. If White kids wanted to go to college or their parents hadn’t lost their job and the money they had saved up for their kid to go to college that had to be spent just to survive, the White kids would be the ones who got those real good paying jobs. But nooooooo. It’s the damn Mexican’s that Obama likes giving jobs to rather than native American kids, be they Black, White, Mexican, Oriental, or whoever.

    It’s the plan for Obama to direct these kids who graduate from college, or have the desire to move into a job field that is under the stuff that Obama and Maurice Strong have planned for our youth to do for the future Obama and Strong see, not the parents or the kids see for themselves. Our Constitution is being bypassed by these people so much so that there is no way about putting everyone to work instead of just Black kids, illegal Mexican kids, or White kids. The Socialist Democrats don’t care who it is they want to go to work so long as it’s according to their plan.

  • Michael

    Obama has a master plan to starve to death some of his unemployed constituents so they are no longer burden.

    He just needs to figure out how to hide their food stamps under their work shoes.

  • mcc

    To parents who are worried for their kids, I say starve those bastards in academia. Why do you think BO pushes college? It’s to brainwash them. Wasted time, wasted money (right now at least). Have you taught your kid to read and think? Then get him the right books to read…

    Get your kid to learn a skill or two, have your family learn ways to survive without any help. What do you need? A roof over your head (tent, if nothing else) and food and water. Buy food/essentials on sale, stock up. Great if you fish and hunt. And cut costs everywhere. It’s easy to spend money, I think it’s actually fun to see how little money I can live on. Be prepared for the worst circumstances.

    Come up with something you can sell/barter – don’t look for someone else to give you a job. Be entrepreneurial.

    And do what’s practical. Sensible. The days of fun and leisure are behind us. This is strictly survival ’til we get rid of the traitors in Washinton…and possibly just down the road.

    Consider it an adventure, a challenge you’ll take on together – embrace it as something good rather than something bad.

    Together, we’ll defeat the enemy.

  • WillofLa

    I can’t help compare now, with how it was when I was working alot back in the 70’s. It’s like, you could quit a job at 11:45 and by 12 noon you could find a better paying job and be hired on the spot. There were that many jobs. Colleges and universities were full, and that is paying students to, not the government paying for kids so the government could control the subjects and allow Communist teachers to work in those institutions, instead of good American’s who want our kids to have the prosperous future they know is what it necessary to keep America strong. These Communist who are in our colleges and universities all over the country don’t give a damn about this nations future looking like it did decades ago. Instead of looking like something that has been tried in other countries where that ideology has failed, and the youth of that country never had the chance to see the kind of future they were told they could have by their government. But when their government is Marxist/Communist, or at least Socialist Democrat, these kids in other countries where the failed ideas of these Marxist teaching in other countries colleges have made policy over the individual lives of the youth who are the future of those countries.

    Now we have the same thing going on here. Our youth are being given lies about “green jobs” that they will be able to have when they get their education. But when they get out of school and go out to find these “green jobs”, they find that those places went out of business when their ideas failed to be produced because there was no market for what they were producing. So then what do those kids do? They were lied to so that they would waste their time in school thinking that environmentalism was going to be the answer to the question of how the world was going to be when they were going to work, and now there’s nothing there. Obama lied about “Green jobs”, and “Green energy”, “Clean energy” jobs that were going to take the place of all those oil field jobs and oil well, refinery jobs, and natural gas production work that is still in existance, but the youth were told that those jobs were fast becoming a thing of the past. Well, that was a lie to.

    Our youth needs to come up with ideas on their own and go into their own businesses. I tell that to every college age person I come across these days. Some go, “It will cost me a fortune.” I tell them, “No, it’s going to cost you $50 dollars for a business license to get started. That’s all you need to sell something is that license.” They have this shocked look on their face when they find out it’ll only cost them $50 bucks to get started.

  • orisda423


    Youtube. Come to the usa. Ray Stevens. He says it well.

  • WillofLa

    That business license will give a person the opportunity to buy things for their business at deep discounts, little to none or no tax for stuff you have to buy for your business, and so much more is available these days than any time in the past, with more write offs allowed by the govnerment to. Being in business these days is fast, easy, cheap, and if you have family members who can help you get things done, the better. Kids who have parents who can help them get their ideas to the street are one more step closer to being prosperous like American’s are supposed to be. And for small business these days, everyone relates “small business” with owning a McDonald’s franchise. That is not a small business. I relate a small business as being a welding shop with three or four people who make stuff for all kinds of people’s needs for things. Obama has no idea of what it takes to make payroll for a place like that.

    Our youth have been ripped off, druged, deceived, lied to, and kept dumbed down so that they can’t learn how to think for themselves and be able to use their imaginations to come up with new ideas that make America the great nation again. All we have to do it keep Democrats out of the way, out of the govenrment , out of our way, and out of our pockets!

  • big L

    Yes, Barack sings the Shower the new hit tune: “Pardon Me I dropped My soap”s

  • squeaky

    at th beginning of this mess it was said that young workers will find themselves in competition with older workers who were out of work.

  • Bunni

    I wonder if all the kiddies will wake up and smell the dog doo coming Nov. 2012.

    I think the cover should read, “I choke the chicken in the shower while I drop the soap” hee hee!
    Was that an actual cover, or photoshopped? I’m glad this putz wasn’t around when I was a teen to defile my Tiger Beat! They should rename it Obummer Blows.

  • squeaky

    [[The growing rift between labor and their Democratic allies was on full display Thursday, as AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka told reporters that labor groups are planning to scale back their involvement with the Democratic Party in advance of the 2012 elections.]] probably a sham as i’m sure trumka and friends will still move with the elite while the rank and file pay their way but some of the unions aren’t feeling the dem love since they planned to hold their convention in a right to work state……

  • Ginger


    The only thing that I could understand what they were saying was ….Obama…Yes we can.

  • mcc

    #27 – Will — excellent, excellent posts…

    We (very nominally) helped our youngest start a business recently and, right away, the education it gave him alone was worth it — he’s still learning sooo much that the classroom never taught him. Started with practically nothing, and in the first few months he was hiring others – some to help sell – and later the more-skilled to renovate a second spot…

    So not only was he earning money but others were getting work as well — because he wasn’t sitting in a government office pushing papers – right where Barry and Michelle would love for him to be. And bored as [email protected]

    Let me tell you the change in him has been tremendous – he’s excited to see this thing grow: “I feel like I’ve really accomplished something.” Sure there have been setbacks, a few really trying ones – but that’s where his character has developed. Watching him successfully handle those challenges has been even more wonderful. All this within one year.

  • mcc

    Oh, Ginger, you mean that second linked video? Haven’t watched it in a while, but I think they were chanting BO’s govt. provided health care and other plans. In other words, BO is our savior – the great god with all the answers to our problems – who will take care of us.

    First time I saw it was during the ’08 campaign. Don’t they see he’s taking them into slavery again?

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  • FurryGuy

    Why worry about having a job when one can sponge off Mom and Dad and the Government? True freedom only comes with government handouts and freebies.

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  • bg


    mcc #3/4 August 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    bit more:

    “citizens in uniform”

    Red Jacket Youth

    more @ links..


  • bg


    eh, not to worry about the kids.. :*(

    ht squeaky

    political correctness

    bit more here (as well as the internet)..


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  • Many illegals taking jobs for our youth. Any low paying job is what is needed to learn work ethics and learn how to get along with others.
    Abolish the minimum wage. This law pushed through by the unions.

  • WillofLa

    Many kids these days really don’t care what happens to them, they don’t think about it. You know, we were told to “live for today”, our pastor’s taught us from the Bible that we’re not to worry about tomorrow, that there is enough evil in today to take care of our thoughts and efforts. Well, these kids have made a science of not worrying about tomorrow to the point where they are more than satisfied with staying at home and playing video games on line, talking to each other on line, xbox on line with people all across the world playing games, World of Warcraft, Call of Duty, the whole nine yards. What do they need real people for, apartments, a job, bills, cars and car notes. They use school as social centers for all their friends and a way to keep teachers off their backs.

    Sometimes I think they are a dumb as a hammer. Then there are other times when I think they’re all genius’s to stay on top of all the multitasking they do. Take my son, he has a game on line going on his computer, and another one on Xbox on line on the TV going at the same time, while talking to someone on the phone.

  • If you stop and think about it, you’ll see the benefit of youth unemployment. If they don’t have jobs their employers can’t abuse them.

    Either that or it’s the work of CYA paperwork.

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  • morgan taylor

    This could hardly be a surprise and it will get worse. Great article on the American Thinker site on the make-up of the jobs being created and why the income gap is getting worse: (

  • bg


    re: Patty #20 August 25, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    “for whatever reason people leave their homeland & come to America..
    they need to leave their homeland behind & embrace America as their
    homeland.. not bring their homeland from which they fled for whatever
    reason with them to America & try to reestablish their homeland here..
    this is America, not (fill in whatever homeland) here!! or go back from
    whence they came if they were so happy there as to want to duplicate
    it here.. go fight for your own homeland in your own country, i will fight
    for my homeland in mine, namely America.. God Bless America, land of
    the free, not the wanna be (fill in whatever country) here..” – bg


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