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Younger workers getting more jobs

The latest unemployment report reveals good news for younger Americans hit hard by the recession.

 Jobs for 25 to 34 year-olds are on the rise and the Labor Department reports the unemployment rate for that group fell from 9 percent to 8.7 percent. 

Andrea Roberts has just applied for a second job at the Good Will Success Center, she believes reports of an increase in younger workers getting jobs is a result of young folks figuring out to make it in this tough economy, they need to wear many hats.

"Younger people have more education now they're more tech savvy, they're more able to perform more job duties as in lifting and standing on their feet where older people need to sit down and take frequent breaks."

 At her other job, Roberts says, she's seen a recent increase in young hires.

"We have older people but we're seeing more and more people apply for the jobs everyday."

While Roberts sees the increase some don't feel the same way, like Talencia Farley. She says the jobs the younger people are getting aren't great, "Younger jobs for McDonalds or the side jobs but as far as jobs that really pay a good amount to cope with the cost of living I see that it's going to older people not too much to a younger generation."

Farley says she keeps hearing the same thing, in every job.

"I've been told that younger people don't want to work and that they will not work, so they're hiring the ones, the older ones that feel like they want to work towards something whether it's retirement or have a better life in the end."

Nationwide jobs for 25 to 34 year-olds increased by 116,000 last month. Now 30.5 million people in the age bracket have jobs, but Farley says just because they have jobs doesn't mean they are steady jobs.

"I don't work three and four half paying jobs to where I have to work 3 or 4 to add up to one and I've done that."

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