This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, June 10, 2010 - Late spring, Erin Fagan, a senior at St. Joseph's Academy, sent out applications for more than 10 summer jobs, everything from Claire's to the Smokehouse Market. She had two interviews -- and then nothing. By now, she has pretty much given up hope of finding work this summer.
Her only friends who have jobs are lifeguards, but they were certified a few years. Erin isn't confident about her swimming abilities, leaving her without any real prospects.