Surprise! Washington, D.C. is Still the Worst Place for Teens to Find Employment

Townhall’s Political Calculations found that Washington, D.C. tops the list for the worst teenage employment/population ratio in the United States.  Based on their chart, it appears that only 15 percent of D.C. teenagers age 16 to 19 are actually working, and they have taken the lead with dismal statistics for many years.  Keep in mind that last year, D.C. fought tooth and nail to keep Walmart from building stores in the District by attempting to impose ridiculously inflated wages specifically geared to large retailers.  According to the District council members’ rationale, it was better to have no entry level jobs in D.C. than to have those that did not pay a “living” wage, although the District’s current minimum wage increased to $9.50 an hour on July 1.

Also in the bottom ranks are California and New York.  What state has the best teenage employment?  North Dakota, with more than half of its 16-to-19 year olds working.  If you recall, North Dakota’s economy is booming thanks to oil and gas development, and its overall unemployment rate is the lowest in the nation.

Of the five worst performing states and D.C., three of them have a minimum wage above the federal minimum.  Of the five best performing states, none of them has a higher minimum wage than the federal mandate of $7.25 an hour.  So maybe economic growth is the key to employment after all, not artificial wage hikes.

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  1. Steve says:

    Ugh, how much longer do we have to suffer the consequences of these Washington elites who pay no price for their failed policies?

    Of course teens in these areas are made worse off by the Leftists running these states. An artificial minimum wage hurts low-skilled workers, and prevents them from getting a job that will improve their future marketability.

    “Unfortunately, the real minimum wage is always zero, regardless of the laws, and that is the wage that many workers receive in the wake of the creation or escalation of a government-mandated minimum wage, because they lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. Making it illegal to pay less than a given amount does not make a worker’s productivity worth that amount—and, if it is not, that worker is unlikely to be employed.” – Thomas Sowell

  2. VAN says:

    The opposition to Walmart across the country is ridiculous. Those who care about low-income Americans should support Walmart and similar retailers, who not only bring jobs (that bring with them higher wages and more opportunities for advancement – http://www.ncpa.org/sub/dpd/index.php?Article_ID=24668&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DPD) but which bring a larger variety of goods at lower costs to areas that need them. Walmart is a blessing to many families, something that opponents either don’t realize, or don’t care about.

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