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Teenagers turn out to push for jobs

Youths marched on Beacon Street after making their way from the Old South Church in the Back Bay as they advocated for summer jobs for teens.
Youths marched on Beacon Street after making their way from the Old South Church in the Back Bay as they advocated for summer jobs for teens.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

More than 700 youths from across Massachusetts rallied at Old South Church and marched to the State House on Thursday to demand jobs and job funding for teens.

The teens and youth advocates have said that the higher minimum wage and proposed state budget cuts will lead to the elimination of more than 1,000 jobs for young people this summer.

The US unemployment rate for people between the ages of 16 and 19 was 18.8 percent in January, more than three times the overall US unemployment rate of 5.7 percent.

Megan Woolhouse

Megan Woolhouse
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