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Youth Unemployment: The New Great Depression

A forum held by the Commission on Children and the Connecticut Workforce Development Council on January 10, 2012, Hartford

Senator Richard Blumenthal addresses the forum

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut addresses the forum.

Overview | CT-N video | Documents | News media coverage | Photos


For young people, the Great Depression isn't a history lesson-it's a current event. While the overall unemployment rate hovered around 8 percent last summer, it stood at 17.3 percent for those between the ages of 16 and 24. That's why the Commission partnered with the Connecticut Workforce Development Council to hold a public forum on the issue at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. The panelists—who provided data on the depth of the problem and talked about possible solutions to it—included elected officials, agency heads, business people, academics, and Connecticut youth with first-hand stories of what it's like to seek work in today's economy.

CT-N video

Length: 2 hours, 17 minutes. You may also watch on the CT-N website and order DVDs there.


See the Youth Employment section for more resources

News media coverage


For a full-screen slide show, go to this Picasa page and click "Slideshow."

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This page was last updated: January 31, 2012

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