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Jobs scarce for Chattanooga teens; decline here since 2000 among nation's worst

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Jada Selby, 19, checks tickets at the entrance to the River Journey exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium. Selby has worked at the Tennessee Aquarium for nearly two years. Photo by C. B. Schmelter/Times Free Press Jada Selby, 19, checks tickets at the entrance to the River Journey exhibit at the Tennessee Aquarium. Selby has worked at the Tennessee Aquarium for nearly two years. Photo by C. B. Schmelter/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

The good old days when teenagers worked and developed useful life skills are more than just a figment of grandpa's nostalgic imagination — especially in Chattanooga.

A study released today by the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program examining the labor market fortunes of teens and young adults since 2000 shows a sharp nationwide decrease in the employment rate of young people.

And Chattanooga is one of the cities where the shift most noticeably occurred.

In 2000, almost half those ages 16-19 in the Chattanooga metropolitan area worked; by 2012, fewer than one in four worked, the study found.

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