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.”