Tom Auffhammer, 17 (right) scoops ice cream in Syracuse, N.Y. Teens continue to face stiff competition for summer jobs, but a downward trend in summer hiring for teens actually predates the recession. Michelle Gabel/The Post-Standard/Landov hide caption

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Unemployed circus clown Tim Torkildson, aka Dusty the Clown, sits on a bench on the north side of the U.S. Capitol in May. Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call hide caption

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Kevin Hill, a San Diego landscape designer, was doing well financially before the downturn. Now, he says he feels "lost." John Ydstie/NPR hide caption

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