2012 was a tough year for many Americans. Although remaining steady lately, the overall unemployment rate in the United States remains too high. Most groups in the United States saw their rates go down slightly except for one group. That group was teenagers! The unemployment rate rose from 2011 to 2012 for teenagers in the United States. According to the Labor Department, the teenagers’ jobless rates grew from 22.9 % in 2011 to 23.5% in 2012.Unemployment rates are too high for the US to achieve high levels of economic growth, but the number of teenagers without jobs is very alarming. The youth of the United States are starting off their lives lacking many skills and opportunities to help them succeed later in life. Many of these teenagers will not go to college or trade schools to obtain the skills needed for success later. The cost of college is so high that most teenagers and their families can not afford it. Plus, with unemployment rates very high, having a college degree does not guarantee a person will find a job after college or at least not in a field that a degree was obtained in. America needs to get its people back to work especially the younger generation if it wants to see a bright future.The rates for teenagers in the US without jobs are only a small percentage compared to countries like Greece and Spain. Greece and Spain’s unemployment rates for teenagers are nearly 50%. Many countries in Europe have higher unemployment rates for their younger populations than the United States. With 50% unemployment rates for teenagers in a country, what future will that country have years from now?The economy in the United States looks to be getting better. The different reports and stats are pointing to a better 2013 than 2012. Consumer confidence has been slowly improving; President Obama’s approval rating is up; consumer spending over the holidays was up; and many companies were very profitable in 2012. The economy may be improving for many Americans, but it definitely is not improving for everyone. Hopefully, Washington and its newly appointed Congress does not mess things up for the people whose situations are getting better. If companies start to hire again in 2013, let’s not forget the younger generation. Companies need to start hiring the teenagers and start helping them obtain skills so they can have success later in life. The future of the United States and its people depend on it.