Employment and Training Issue No. 3
Escutia, Martha M.
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Legislative activity has recently been generated around the issue of youth unemployment. For the Hispanic community, this is an area of great concern since Hispanics are the youngest population group in the country and Hispanic youth unemployment rates are over 20%. Two legislative proposals that have received a great deal of attention are the Youth Incentive Employment Act, introduced by Rep. Augustus Hawkins (D-CA) and Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), and the subminimum wage proposal entitled the Youth Employment Opportunity Wage Act, introduced on behalf of the Administration by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Charles Percy (R-Ill) and Rep. Ron Packard (R-CA).