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Red tape in Mass. means fewer jobs for teens

FEWER VIOLATIONS of state child labor laws is certainly a good thing (“Citations drop for child work violations”, Page A1, April 29), yet those seeking more enforcement are ignoring the real reasons for the drop. Bad public policy has caused the employment rate of teenagers to plummet.

Today there are only half as many teenagers working as in 1999. Having one of the country’s highest minimum wages is certainly one deterrent to hiring a teen when more seasoned and productive older workers are seeking the same jobs.

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