"Tragedy as a generation" for U.S. youth

Teen unemployment is at 24.4 percent, three times the national average. With opportunities so scarce, young jobseekers need to think about all the little things that could hurt their chances.

Most corporations make their voices heard loud and clear in Washington.  So do many demographic groups -- think retirees and the AARP. But advocates say young Americans, aged 16 to 24, are "rapidly becoming the most disadvantaged group in America."

Host David Brancaccio spoke to journalist and economic policy consultant Jeff Madrick, who writes a column in Harper's Magazine, about the travails of today's youth.

"The elderly and lots of other groups have strong lobbying efforts in Washington. The young certainly do not, and we're only becoming aware of that."

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David Brancaccio is the host of Marketplace Morning Report. Follow David on Twitter @DavidBrancaccio

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