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Unemployment rate higher for young people


While the economy appears to be slowly heading in the right direction, young people are facing scarce opportunities to get into the workforce.

The unemployment rate for those between the ages of 18 and 29 can be double that of the overall figures. According to some experts, the high rate of competition makes it harder for the age group.

"A lot of times employers will look for that little more mature, little more stable, maybe have a little more work expertise, that will be willing to work for the same pay that the younger employee would," Manpower, Inc. District Manager Paula Fisher explained.

Fisher added, local communities are already hosting programs to try and match young workers with existing job openings.

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