In the hot sun at an intersection in Medford, 18-year-old Josh Bodine and his friend Lucas Elam held a sign. But they weren't asking for change; they were asking for a job.
"This is the last thing I can think of to get a job," said Bodine.
The duo is thinking outside the box because they've already tried their hardest to find work...with no luck.
"It's impossible to get a job as an 18-year-old with a GED," said Elam.
"It's just been super hard," added Bodine who said he and his friend have both applied to multiple jobs since they graduated high school this summer.
In addition, Bodine said he's on the brink of homelessness.
"It's not just me, it's my family," began Bodine.
"If I don't work, i'll be living under a bridge basically," he continued.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for adults was 7.6% last month. That's compared to 26.5% of teens who couldn't find a job.
"Teenagers like us can't find jobs," said Bodine.
Job Council officials tell NBC 5 News, it's not a myth. Teenagers really do have a more difficult time finding a job.
"We've seen the highest numbers ever in U.S. history of teens being unemployed. There are more people in the older adult age category seeking the jobs that were typically sought out by teenagers," said Stacie Grier at The Job Council in Medford.
She said teens need to skill up, volunteer, and take advantage of every opportunity to learn so they can show they're motivated.
Motivation, a trait both 18-year-old Josh Bodine and Lucas Elam are trying to show future employers.
"I'll do anything. I'll bend backward. If you say jump, i'll say how high," said Elam.
The two are crossing their fingers, hoping the right employer drives by and offers them a job.
The teens plan to stand on the street every Monday until they can find a job.
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