To those who persevered and earned diplomas, I offer my sincere congratulations. You've bought some time to wait for an economic recovery—two years if you pursue an associate's degree or four years if you attend college.
But for those who dropped out or will not be going further academically, their job prospects are particularly grim. Those young teens are on the brink of living empty, dependent and ultimately fruitless lives that will take them well into adulthood as they move from one meaningless job to another.
Statistics indicate that if young adults are not gainfully employed between the ages of the 18 to 29, they become essentially lost to the working world. If you're 30 and have no job experience, you're unqualified to fill any but the most menial jobs.
By that age, those on the fringe have learned how to access public services and charitable safety nets. In other words, they know how to live without working.
While Americans are concerned about the nation's overall 8 percent unemployment rate, the figures when broken down are even more alarming.
Latest available official unemployment rates for those 18-29 year olds with only a high school diploma who are actively looking for a job but cannot find one are:
If you also count those who want a full-time job but can only find a part-time work and also those who aren't looking for a job at all any more because of their repeated inability to find one, the statistics are much worse.
The percentage of those who don't have a full-time job include
Despite the astronomical unemployment level, corporate Beltway lobbyists on the right—most prominent among them the U.S. Chamber of Commerce—are working in tandem with open-borders advocates from the left to fill the few available jobs with non-immigrant visa holders and illegal aliens.
Most who would receive them would go into direct competition with less-educated, under-skilled Americans. If the higher cap on visas is approved, more than 1.5 million workers would come to the U.S. over a one-year period.
And the irony of the National Council of La Raza and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is hard to miss. Both pretend to have the best interests of Hispanics at heart but are actually acting against them by promoting higher levels of immigration that in turn creates a larger labor base. In case you have forgotten the basic Law Of Supply And Demand: more workers equal fewer jobs.
When it comes to the federal government's promises to our high school students about their bright futures, they only job our graduates can count on is the proverbial and non-paying snow job.
Joe Guzzardi [email him] is a California native who recently fled the state because of over-immigration, over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth rate stable. A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School, Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It currently appears in the Lodi News-Sentinel.