America's national unemployment rate is 8.8 percent, but for teens, it's much higher (it's over 20 percent by some estimates). There's a proposal in Maine that could help out with the state's teen unemployment, but there's a catch: If it becomes law, people who are hired would be making less than the state's minimum wage.
It's called a "training wage," and it would pay $5.25/hour instead of the state minimum wage of $7.50. And the training wage could be paid for 180 days. The argument in favor: With lower wages, employers could afford to hire more workers. The argument against: It "devalues" young workers and would pay them less than minimum wage.
So it becomes a question like this: Would you be willing to accept $5.25/hour if your chances of getting a job were better? Or would you want to keep your current chances of getting hired - but at $7.50/hour?
Carl Azuz, Anchor