Weak summer job market forecast for teens

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.”

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15 comments Add your comment

RaleighDawg

March 17th, 2011
12:25 pm

Interesting read, but it doesn’t match what happened last summer in the Newnan area. My son, who had no real job history, graduated last May with a 3.8 GPA taking AP classes. He applied at over 40 different local businesses (fast food, grocery stores, retail, etc) and only got one phone call for an interview…and when he showed up he was one of 50 other teenagers interviewing for one stock “boy” position.

We’re all hoping things will be better this summer.

Fletch

March 17th, 2011
1:01 pm

Take a look at who is mowing our lawns, serving our burgers, plucking our chickens and building our homes, and then take a look at who used to do these jobs. I’m sure that you would find teenagers in these positions across the board. Immigration control anyone?

Jobs anyone?

March 17th, 2011
1:47 pm

Teens! What about adults? 10 months out of work and counting.

Road Scholar

March 17th, 2011
1:57 pm

Hey Fletch, who would serve the burgers the other 9 months of the year? One poster has been out of work for 10 months; I guess flipping burgers,cutting grass, etc. is either too hard or beneath their expectations!

What ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

March 17th, 2011
1:57 pm

I know, my son is in college and has been looking for a job for two years. He was finally told by one employer who he got a second interview with that they would not hire him because he will just quit when he graduates and finds a job in the field. Like that $8.00 per hour job would earn him a living right? At least he would have given the employer 2 years but they would rather give those jobs to people who cant speak english which in fact they did. What gives here?

Trizzle

March 17th, 2011
2:26 pm

Ok guys, why is it that you always complain about the illegals? When they are gone, what are you going to complain about then? Yes, they take jobs, but usually it’s jobs that Americans do not want, or think they are too good for. You should try looking for another reason other then blaming it on a group of people. On a side note, those same illegals put money into our economy, have you thought about the rise of prices of everything to compensate when they are escorted out of our state? Food, services and other necessities will be the first on the list. You also have NO idea what they go thru in their own country, whether it’s Mexico, El Salvador, or anywhere else. Its awful, and they come here for a better life. Get over it already!

Economic Ignorance

March 17th, 2011
2:29 pm

An increase in the minimum wage to $7.25 has created a labor surplus among unskilled workers. Anyone who has taken high economics should know this yet many still clamor for further increases in minimum wage. The tough reality for many teenagers is that the skills they can offer are not desired by that many employers at $7.25 an hour.

Jobs anyone?

March 17th, 2011
2:31 pm

Please……………. I cut the grass and make burgers while home for free. Therefore, I would have no problem mowing the lawn or flipping a few burgers for cash or a check. Anyone need their lawn cut.
Post your email address and I will get in touch with you today,

Fletch

March 17th, 2011
2:43 pm

I wasn’t slighting illegals, merely pointing out the fact that a majority of the jobs that used to go to teens for the summer are now unavailable. Most businesses need to increase headcount during the summer. Hotels and restaurants need extra hep for the vacation season, landscapers need more people because the summer is the prime landscaping season, poultry plants need extra help due to increased demand due to more outdoor grilling in the summer. If all these jobs have already been allocated to the immigrant population, where praytell do you think the teens can work? There’s only so many jobs at the malls and the swimming pools.

Jobs anyone?

March 17th, 2011
2:47 pm

Better yet, here is my email address….. djjackson1@hotmail.com. I call your bluff and I raise you two.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
3:15 pm

So let them enjoy their summer of leisure. You’re only young once. And there are plenty of other enriching exercises to engage in.

TnGelding

March 17th, 2011
3:22 pm

RaleighDawg

March 17th, 2011
12:25 pm

You’d better read it again.

Sam Houston

March 17th, 2011
8:26 pm

Does SunTrust do so much advertising with AJC that you do not report the effort they are making to outsource jobs to India. With our unemployment rate in the US hovering at 12% don’t you think they could use thye interest rate and the fees we pay to employ people in U.S. Maybe they plan on opening a branch in Mumbai.

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RMurphy

March 18th, 2011
9:59 am

I highly recommend doing what I did every spring/summer groing up.

Buy the cheapest lawn mower Lowes or Home Depot offers ($120-$150), draw up a respectable looking flyer, and pass as many out as possible. Then, charge less than the professional landscaping companies out there (not hard because they all overcharge for their work). When the cheap lawn mower dies, it’s either the end of the summer or your kid should have plenty of cash to buy another $120 mower.

It’s a great job for a young guy. You get paid in cash, make your own hours, and learn many great lessons for later in life (marketing, customer service, entrepeneurship, sales, billing, etc.). Plus, prospective employers later in life really like seeing that on a resume, or hearing about it in an interview.

Go for it!