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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) - With employment numbers suffering nationwide, one demographic does not often draw much sympathy — teenagers.

The Department of Labor says those aged 16 to 19 are plagued with a 24 percent unemployment rate, almost three times that of adults. Teens that would normally get summer jobs now have to compete with adults, who are scrambling for whatever work they can find.

Eric Madkins with the Urban League of Metro St. Louis said St. Louis teens can no longer obtain jobs that traditionally would go to them for the summer months. He said employment is even more difficult to find for minority teens, who fight a 41 percent unemployment rate.

“It looks somewhat grim at the moment,” Madkins said. “And in St. Louis, the summer job opportunities are even fewer this year, unfortunately.”

Madkins said the lack of jobs is particularly difficult for teens whose parents are struggling to make ends meet. He said these teens are seeking a paycheck to help boost their family’s income. Madkins encouraged teenagers to continue searching for jobs if they have not found one yet, though he admits it is a difficult road to walk.

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