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(Bloomberg Business) — For teenagers, a summer job is a rite of passage. They learn the freedom that comes with earning their own money — along with the misery and boredom of the daily grind. But until recently it’s been nearly impossible for most teens to find work. Even as the economy improved, the unemployment rate for 16-to-19 year olds hovered around 25 percent for years.


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