6:27 am July 19, 2011, by Henry Unger
The summer job market for teenagers has rebounded from last year, according to a new report.
A total of 714,000 teens aged 16 to 19 joined the ranks of the employed in June, the Challenger, Gray & Christmas outplacement firm said.
That’s the biggest June job gain among teens since 2007 and a 44 percent improvement over 2010, Challenger said in a news release.
U.S. employers have now hired 785,000 teens since May 1 — the traditional start of the summer employment season. That is a 56 percent increase over the same time last year.
But, it is still 3 percent below the 809,000 teen jobs added in May and June 2009, Challenger said.
This year’s gains can be attributed largely to the private sector, where teens have been able to take advantage of increased hiring in retail, leisure and hospitality, Challenger said.
- Henry Unger, The Biz Beat
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