New York Teenagers Have Plenty of Time to Make Trouble This Summer

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 28:  A boy jumps as people bathe on opening day of the newly renovated McCarren Park Pool on June 28, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The historic 37,000 square-foot pool had been closed since 1983 but has been rejuvenated by a $50 million restoration. New York City public swimming pools opened today for the summer.   (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Photo: Mario Tama/2012 Getty Images

None of them can find work because the city's dismal unemployment rate is approaching 10 percent, leaving kids to fight against more experienced adults for low-level positions, all while youth job programs have been cut. A new report found that one in five New Yorkers between 18 and 24 are neither going to school nor employed, and face a "more challenging and unforgiving labor market than at any time since records have been kept." So that leaves backflips and fighting at McCarren Park Pool.