A new job report out today shows teen employ­ment remained stag­nant from June to July, and there’s been no increase over last year.

Dr. Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, says a big part of the problem is that fed­eral pro­grams sup­porting summer job pro­grams have disappeared.

He says that in the late 1990s, those pro­grams employed one mil­lion teens. Today, they have essen­tially evaporated.

The closer you are to the bottom of the eco­nomic ladder, the harder it is to find a job, Sum says.

And while middle and upper class kids have net­works to help them find jobs, poorer and minority teens don’t have that sup­port, and have a much higher unem­ploy­ment rate.

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