Summer job market improves for teens

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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July 19th, 2011
8:39 am

That report is not true. 95% of the teens that I know were not able to find summer jobs. Actually only a couple of the teen that I know were able to find jobs. The jobs are being filled by adults.


July 19th, 2011
8:50 am

I have to disagree with d. A lot of teenagers won’t take certain jobs or don’t want to work weekends. I’ve had lots of teens applying for jobs but don’t want to work weekends or evenings. And a lot of them are very particular and don’t want to work fast food or at a grocery store, or washing dishes. The jobs are out there, many teens just aren’t willing to work.

EJ Moosa

July 19th, 2011
9:02 am

Year over year there are only 1.7 million more private sector workers in the US.

If 1.5 million were teens added in the last two months. we are even worse off than we thought.

So that tells us that most of the teens either do not last very long, or they swap jobs often, and this is not showing up in your numbers.

I suggest you dig deeper….


July 19th, 2011
9:13 am

I don’t see this as being true in our area at all. Cherokee County has nothing available for summer work. I have 2 teenagers that spent a solid 2 months applying for work with no luck. Every establishment they went to told them to apply online, so they did that then printed the applications to take in person just to make some contact. No luck at all. These kids want to work any hours they can especially nights and weekends because in a restaurant that’s when you make the most money. They are competing with all of the unemployed in this area and beyond. The summer job market is does not exist for teenagers.


July 19th, 2011
9:15 am

This is so untrue. I have a 20 year old and she cannot find a job to save her life…….


July 19th, 2011
9:37 am

EJ Moosa – haven’t teen laborers always swapped jobs pretty often? Hence the term summer job?

I don’t think one begets the other in your example.


July 19th, 2011
9:58 am

If people put their faith and trust in Jesus, He will provide something for them.
I know, He has helped me so much in that area. Never give up hope!!
Matthew 6:30-”And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?”
Psalms 37:25-”Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”

EJ Moosa

July 19th, 2011
10:23 am


Then wouldn’t a fair discussion on this topic discuss net hires less those that had quit or were fired?

Counting the same person who has been hired multiple times only lends to a distorted view of the jobs market.


July 19th, 2011
10:28 am

When a man sells his daughter as a slave, she will not be freed at the end of six years as the men are. If she does not please the man who bought her, he may allow her to be bought back again. But he is not allowed to sell her to foreigners, since he is the one who broke the contract with her. And if the slave girl’s owner arranges for her to marry his son, he may no longer treat her as a slave girl, but he must treat her as his daughter. If he himself marries her and then takes another wife, he may not reduce her food or clothing or fail to sleep with her as his wife. If he fails in any of these three ways, she may leave as a free woman without making any payment. (Exodus 21:7-11 NLT)

Road Scholar

July 19th, 2011
10:29 am

When I was in a position to hire summer employees, the first thing I’d look at for kids in college was whether they had had a previous job…no matter what field it was in. If they hadn’t been employed,we usually had attendance and other issues with them once we hired them. It also showed how motivated they were.

Oh, I wonder how many took a cell phone call during the interview?

I wonder how many hire “themselves” to do jobs in their neighborhoods helping their neighbors with maintenance and other larger projects? Again, my experience is that the kids did not know what hard work is, and they couldn’t put the head phones and cell down during work time!


July 19th, 2011
10:32 am

I disagree with there being no jobs for tennagers. As teenager, I can say that there are plenty of jobs to be found. The issue is that a lot of teenagers have no skill sets, or refuse to take the ‘dirty’ or ‘bad’ jobs. There are plenty of fastfood chains, corporate, handyman…etc jobs. Its just that as Sandy put it. Most teens refuse to work long hours, weekends, get dirty…etc. There is also an education issue. A lot of teenagers want retail jobs, or a stereotypical job. But they have no work experience, and have nothing to offer when compared to full-time workers. My philosophy is that if you want a job now of days, not only do you need to work hard outside of school, but outside of school. Start enhancing your skill set while in school, then when you apply for a job you can advertise what you have done/implemented already. Also, there are *always* lifeguarding, camp, and manual labor jobs (farming, mowing, window washing, lawn care…etc).

Get Off My Lawn!

July 19th, 2011
11:01 am

Many kids these days are lazy, entitled, and expect to be entertained. Put down the cell phone, pull up your damn pants, and speak clearly. It’s a shame that the most enterprising youth this generation has to offer are joining gangs in middle school or scheming ways to raid the medicine and liquor cabinets. I’m 30, and I miss society before the Internet became a toy instead of a tool to find and do meaningful, honest work.


July 19th, 2011
3:28 pm

According to many posters here, if they personally know someone who can’t find a job then the article is false.

Ahhhh, Atlanta schooling….