HUNTSVILLE, AL. (AP) - A Washington-based non-profit research organization says that Alabama has the 9th-highest rate of teen unemployment in the country.

Recent figures from the Employment Policies Institute show that more than 30% of all Alabama teens are unemployed. WHNT-TV reports that national average for this summer is projected to be between 25 and 27%.

Labor officials say the combination of a struggling economy and a recent minimum wage increase are bad news for teen job applicants. The low-wage jobs traditionally held by teens are the first to be cut as employers try to reduce staff.

If the projections are accurate, the summer's teen unemployment rate will be the highest since the end of World War II.

Information from: WHNT-TV,

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