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Reported by Jeremy Tucker

Students Speak Out Against Youth Unemployment


DOVER, Del. -  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 17 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds are unemployed. And landing a job is proving to be difficult for many graduates. On Wednesday a group of Delaware State University students visited U.S. Sen. Tom Carper's Office in Dover to voice concerns over what they are calling the youth unemployment crisis.

The students were dressed in suits and carried briefcases as if they were heading to an interview.  Inside the briefcases students carried special resumes, calling for politicians to help create jobs for America's youth.

According to DSU senior Tyree Evans, "The lack of jobs scares me the most. I don't understand how we live in a generation with the most education, the Internet and easy access to anything we want, and there are no jobs."

The students told congressional staffers that cuts to education are unacceptable. The students want elected officials to focus on job creation.

To make matters worse, many students said they have thousands of dollars in student loans. Without decent jobs, students said they will not be able to make their payments.

"I'm about to graduate in a year and I want to make sure the job market is feasible for me to get started, especially with paying off student loans," said DSU junior Rashaad Johnson.

The students visited the Dover congressional office as part of a nationwide effort to spread awareness of youth unemployment sponsored by the Briefcase Brigades.


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