12:42 pm April 26, 2010, by Henry Unger
Teenage job seekers are likely to find a more welcoming market this summer, a new employment outlook predicts.
The Challenger, Gray & Christmas consulting firm estimated Monday that summer hiring will improve over last year, when employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by less than 1.2 million jobs from May through July.
“It is unlikely that summer employment gains among teens will reach pre-recession levels, but we should definitely see increased hiring compared to 2008 and 2009, which experienced the weakest summer teen job growth since the 1950s,” John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, said in a statement.
Last year, U.S. Labor Deparment data show that summer employment among teens grew by 1,163,000. That was slightly better than 2008, when employers added 1,154,000 teen workers between May and July — the fewest since 1954, the Challenger news release said.
While conditions should improve this summer, teens looking for traditional summer positions in malls, restaurants and movie theaters could face stiff competition from older and more experienced job seekers, according to the Challenger news release.
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