Teen employ­ment has declined over the years, and the per­centage of Mass­a­chu­setts teens who are working has plunged, according to the Center for Labor Market Studies at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. Just over a decade ago, more than 50 per­cent of Mass­a­chu­setts teens were working: Last year, only 27 per­cent had jobs. The demon­stra­tion tar­geted Putnam because the mutual fund com­pany declined to create a summer jobs pro­gram in part­ner­ship with the Youth Jobs Coali­tion, orga­nizers said. In a state­ment, Jon Gold­stein, a spokesman for Putnam, said, “While Putnam has a deep-​​rooted com­mit­ment to youth in the Greater Boston area, including through its long-​​standing char­i­table efforts, at this time, the firm does not have mean­ingful oppor­tu­ni­ties for part-​​time summer work.”


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