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Young workers often are crowded out by a large pool of experienced workers competing for the same jobs. Also, employers are reluctant to hire younger workers, who require on-the-job training, until they feel sure the recovery will last, he said.

Young people in the U.S. are doing much better than their European counterparts, he said. The youth unemployment rate is as high as 56 percent to 60 percent in Greece and Spain, and remains over 20 percent in the European Union.

Mr. Eubanks attributes the better outlook in the U.S. to a labor market with more flexibility to hire and fire, making employers more open to giving opportunities to young people.