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Teens and Summer Jobs

June 13, 2011


With a resume in hand, Cameron Hinojosa heads into the Family Clothes store looking for work in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

Hour 2

Teens around the country are having trouble finding work this summer.  The competition for jobs at pools, camps, restaurants, and retail stores is fierce.  While the adult unemployment rate remains high at 9.1 percent, the teen unemployment rate is even higher.  It’s forecast that just one in four teens will find a job this summer.  And for African American teens the unemployment rate is at a staggering 40.9 percent.  It turns out that having a job as a teen directly affects future earnings and employment.  This hour we’ll look at summer job prospects for kids and young adults.  Our guests are Northeastern University economist ANDREW SUM, Philadelphia Youth Network’s co-President STACY HOLLAND, and job search strategist AMY LINDGREN, president of Prototype Career Service.

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