11:49 am March 17, 2011, by Henry Unger
Budget deficits affecting federal, state and local government agencies across the country are expected to have a negative impact on the job prospects for teenagers this summer, outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said Thursday.
In its annual teen summer employment outlook, the firm projects that summer hiring among teenagers is likely to see little improvement from last year’s historic lows.
Last year, teen job seekers experienced the weakest summer job market in decades, Challenger said. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that from May through July employment among 16- to 19-year-olds increased by just 960,000 jobs, Challenger said. That was down 17.5 percent from 2009.
The 960,000 summer jobs filled by teens represents the lowest level of summer hiring since 1949, Challenger said. Also, government statistics reveal that the 5.29 million 16- to 19-year-olds employed last July was the lowest July total since 1959.
“Any teen hiring gains achieved in the slowly improving private sector could be offset by losses in the public sector, where teenagers often find summer employment as camp counselors, lifeguards, office assistants, laborers and clerks,” John Challenger, CEO of the firm, said in a statement.
“Even at its worst, employment among teenagers experienced a net gain of nearly 1,000,000 jobs last year,” Challenger said. “But, in the current environment it will be more important than ever for teens to begin their summer job searches early.”
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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