The Youthful Unemployed

In Italy, France, Greece and Spain the unemployment rate for men ages 18 to 25 hovers around 25 percent. One out of every four young men in these Mediterranean countries is unemployed, with no prospect for employment any time soon. What to do with millions of unemployed young people? Do what has always been done, take in each other’s washing.


In Spain the young can dance and sing

On corners for their suppers

In France the washing is the thing

To keep them off their uppers

In Italy the pizza guys

Deliver to each other

In Greece the young can drink all day

And then go home to mother

It’s all the same, Madrid or Rome

And none can stop the bleeding

And so will be right here at home

Though no one here is heeding