Think tank suggests over-licensing impacts millennial unemployment rates

The licenses not only require a state board test, but they come with a hefty price tag, too

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Unemployment numbers are climbing, but especially for millennials. The latest numbers show that 12.5 percent of people ages 18 to 29 do not have a job.

The latest numbers come from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. An analysis by Generation Opportunity show many factors impact unemployment of millennials. Director Kevin Curtis said one barrier is government licensing.

“In the 1950s, one in 20 jobs required a government license. Today, it is one in four and increasingly these are jobs that have nothing to do with public safety. We are not talking about doctors, nurses and pilots, we are talking about junkyard dealers, cosmetologists, and things like that,” Curtis said.

The licenses not only require a state board test, but they come with a hefty price tag, too.

Claire Tevis is a sophomore at Youngstown State University studying dietetics. She said along with her education there are licensing requirements.

“Even with a college degree, it is much harder after you get your college degree with a lot of these licensing requirements. If you want to go into certain occupations, there are additional education requirements and tests and fees on top of the tuition,” Tevis said.

The estimate of unemployment is based on a monthly sample survey of households. All persons who are without jobs and are actively seeking and available to work are included among the unemployed. (People on temporary layoff are included even if they do not actively seek work.) There is no requirement or question relating to unemployment insurance benefits in the monthly survey.

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