Young Worker Population Increasing, Hazards on the Rise

The number of workers between the ages of 16- and 24-years-old rose more than 2 percent from April to July of 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In 2012, the number of young people employed was up more than 50 percent. This is the month in which the most young workers are out in the workforce, mainly because of summer break and summertime employment.
On the other hand, the number of unemployment among these young workers increased by more than 835,000 from April to July, compared to an increase of just 745,000 for the same time in 2011.

Our Charlotte workers’ compensation attorneys understand that the number of these young workers who are working or are actively seeking work increases significantly between April and July of every year. During this time, a large number of both college and high school students are released from school and look for a summer job to stash away some extra cash. In addition, many college students enter the job market as an adult and kickoff their search for a permanent position. During the entire summer, the younger work force grew by nearly 3 million, or more than 14 percent, to a total of nearly 24 million in July.

Young men participating in the workforce in July of 2012 accounted for more than 63 percent. Of young women, more than 57 percent were working during this time.

Nearly 63 percent of whites, close to 55 percent of blacks, nearly 44 percent of Asians and more than 57 percent of young Hispanics were employed during this time.

During this time of the year, parents are urged to talk with their young workers about the risks of work injuries. These young employees might not be too familiar with their rights as a U.S. worker. When our youngsters are not familiar with their rights and are not able to identify unsafe work practices, accidents and injuries result.

These young workers accounted for 15 percent of the workforce in 2010. These young workers have an alarmingly high frequency or work accidents. They typically work in places that have a lot of dangers, like in restaurants, etc. Their inexperience and their biological and psychosocial contributors increase their risks for accidents. They may not always possess the size, fit, strength and cognitive abilities to operate common machinery found on the job.

There were nearly 400 workers under the age of 24-years-old who were killed on the job in 2009. Nearly 30 of these fatalities were of workers under the age of 18-years-old. There’s also been an average of nearly 800,000 work injuries that were treated in emergency rooms among these young employees over the last decade. The rate for emergency department-treated occupational injuries of young workers was approximately two times higher than among workers 25 years and older, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

If you or your teen has been injured on the job, contact Lee Law Offices, P.A. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:

Working to Protect Young Employees Over Summer Break and Beyond, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, July 20, 2012

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