Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Employment rate for Illinois teens at lowest point in 42 years

University of Illinois Springfield administrator Dyanne Ferk cautioned against assuming that unemployment numbers mirror employment figures.

“A 25 percent employment rate doesn’t mean 75 percent are unemployed and looking for work,” said Ferk, associate dean of the College of Business and Management at UIS.

“You are not going to get from this report how many teens are looking and can’t find a job. I’m sure there are some. I’m also sure there are teens too busy with speech and sports and part of the underground economy getting paid cash baby-sitting.”

Ferk's comments were featured in an February 7, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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