Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, said the weak teen job sit­u­a­tion is wors­ening existing racial and socioe­co­nomic dis­par­i­ties in the labor market. Just one in four His­panic teens worked this summer, and just one in five African-​​American ones.

Kids from low-​​income, minority back­grounds on the teenage side have just been com­pletely thrown out of this labor market,” Mr. Sum said. “Young black males are just not get­ting any work at all.”

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