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Let's Talk Youth Employment In New Mexico

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Let's Talk New Mexico 7/12 8a: Adults aren’t the only ones looking for jobs in New Mexico. Many teens are seeking employment, both in the summer and during the school year. Teens not only need to gain crucial job skills and experience but they may be helping contribute to the immediate financial needs of their families. New Mexico’s youth unemployment rate has ranked among the highest in the nation in recent years.

  • Did you work as a teen? What did you learn from that experience?
  • Are you a teen searching for a job right now? What challenges have you faced while looking for work?
  • Are you a parent or grandparent who is helping a young person try to find a job? How does their search compare to when you were a teen?
  • Are you a business owner? What do you think is crucial for teens to be successful in the workplace?

We want to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.



  • Future Focused Education, offering paid internships and mentoring opportunities in Albuquqerque to teens and young adults ages 15-21.
  • New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Career Solutions, allows teens to build an interactive pathwayt o a career goal and gives tips and resources to prepare youth for their first job.
  • New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions, Why I Work, offering financial guidance and showing teens what things they may need/want that cost money.