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Summer Job Market Tough on Minnesota Teens

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Jun 18, 2012 at 8:17 am

ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - A few weeks into their vacation, many Minnesota teens are finding their hopes for a summer job dwindling as the market for those traditional jobs tightens.

In Minnesota, around 40 percent of teens were employed last summer, and this summer's figure is expected to be about the same. Nationally, fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs, putting employment for 16- to 19-year-olds in the U.S. at its lowest level since World War II.

Monte Hanson with the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development says teens and young adults are still feeling the impact of the recession despite improvement in the overall job market.

"The unemployment rate in Minnesota has been dropping the last couple years and we are down to about 5.6% for the general population," Hanson said. "But teenagers still face a lot of challenges in finding that traditional summer job."

Why the tightening in the traditional summer employment market, Hanson says teens today are dealing with an entirely different set of competition.

"Teenagers have traditionally had summer jobs in the food service industry, retail industry, leisure and hospitality," Hanson said. "What's happened is, because of the tight job market a lot of older people now hold those jobs."

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