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Summertime Blues For Teen Job Seekers

June 20, 2012 by  

Summertime Blues For Teen Job Seekers
Summer jobs for teens are drying up in some areas.

If your teenager has neglected to find a summer job since the end of the school year this year, don’t be too disappointed: It may have more to do with the economy than motivation.

For the third year in a row, teens seeking summer employment face a hiring slump. In the summers of 2010 and 2011, economists say, teen hiring was at its lowest levels since World War II. This summer, the unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds is 24.9 percent nationally; in some major metropolitan areas it’s much higher.

Federal stimulus money was given to some cities in 2009 and 2010 to create summer job opportunities for teens. But, in many cases, the funding dried up and has proved an unsustainable means of creating teenage jobs, according to reports.

According to Reuters:

Los Angeles – with the help of federal stimulus money – created around 15,000 summer jobs for teenagers in 2009 and 2010. But as the federal program ended, that was slashed to about 6,000 in 2011. It will not rise this year…

New York City had 52,000 summer jobs for teens in 2009. Now the program is half that size. It has five applicants for every job…

Washington, D.C.’s teenage unemployment rate was 51.7 percent, an analysis by research fellow Michael Saltsman of the Employment Policies Institute showed.

Even if summer jobs in retail establishments and parks are drying up due to a weak economy, there is some good news for teens looking for extra cash this summer. Less economy-dependent positions like baby-sitting, dog-sitting, housekeeping, lawn-mowing and collecting scrap metal can all fit well into the wide-open summertime schedule of teen job seekers with an entrepreneurial spirit who may have more flexibility than their job-seeking adult counterparts.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Vigilant

    It’s difficult to get excited by this job situation for teenagers.

    The jobs are there for the taking. “Help wanted” signs are all over the place here in NY, but teens offered a job for $8.00 an hour feel they’re too good for it. A friend of mine couldn’t find a teen in my village to do haying for $10.00 an hour last year. You see, the job required something the teens are not faniliar with, i.e., “physical labor.”

    If the jobs didn’t exist, we wouldn’t have an illegal immigration problem now, would we?

    • Brad

      Most kids no days this manual labor is the President of Mexico

    • independent thinker

      Before I retired I worked for a major retailer. During the summer and at Christmas I don’t know how many kids we would go through because they wanted to draw their breath and their paycheck. All too many of them had no interest in actualy doing the job they were hired to do and this is in retail stores where overall there is not a lot of hard physical labor.

  • Dark Patriot

    Blame BS minority programs wasting Education money. I’ve watched this go on for years in Pittsburgh. Minority students were paid 3X minimum wage to answer telephones and file papers. Nobody pays that in the real world for such skill-less labor. They won’t take real jobs because this involves physical labor. End minority programs in education. More inner city kids would pay attention in school if it wasn’t shoved up their butts.

  • Brad

    It is all in the Odrama plan, let’s make sure they can’t find work so they will be bored and turn into Chicago style hoodlums before the get a chance to learn personal responsibility

    • Steve E

      That’s the Saul Alinsky plan in motion.

  • Mike Austin

    Good luck finding a job at BK or McD’s without being illegal. Don’t worry so much. In the next 2 yrs, the wheat will be seperated from the chaff when we have a deep recession and the world economy collapses. A manual labor job will be all that is available and it will be an eye opener to these young people.

  • Brad


    over the next two years these jobs will only go to Illegals and American national kids will not even get a chance to have these jobs. It is in Odrama’s plan for the collapse of out economy and once great counrty

    • eddie47d

      How many of Brad’s kids or relatives are heading out to the fields to work? There is zero growth in illegals coming from Mexico (those going home vs those coming in) so there is no nefarious plan by Obama to collaspe our country. The Right doesn’t want government to create summer jobs for kids or even adults for that matter. So it looks like the ball is in their court. If American kids want those tedious field jobs and are willing to work then all they have to do is pack their knapsack and head on out. Many American parents plain and simple don’t want little Johnny to work so hard.

  • Chester

    Why give a job to a kid when there is an adult or senior standing there ready to take it for the same money, and with a lot better work ethic? Many times the teens ask about a job at McDonalds and are told they aren’t old enough or don’t have enough experience at what used to be a kid’s job.

  • Dad

    The job pool was just reuced by 800,000 or more by Obama’s illegal occupants. Numbers like these should flow outside of the teen summer opportunities. Law abiding Americans can shove it, I guess. The progressives need the extra votes along side the commie unions, government siugs, and welfare deadbeats.

  • old hillbilly

    Yep, 800,000 jobs for non citizens, with pay being sent off shore. Meanwhile millions of blacks remain landlocked in ghettos with zero job or hope! They’re pawns, tools, fed like dogs to be obedient to a master. They have a right to be free, self sufficient, productive, and proud to do whatever they can do! Not one worthwhile productive job is being created for them! Look at BO’s road crews – lots of Mexicans, few black & few Hispanic CITIZENS! It isn’t ignorance – it’s highly planned & executed treason – intent to collapse the US – literally throwing trillions away, borrowing trillions that can’t be repaid, printing phony money to collapse pension funds, funneling trillions to global monopolists who have simply “moved our productive infrastructure” to safe haven tax and regulation free countries.

    Half (150+ million) average Americans have less than 100 IQ – were good productive citizens just like everybody else,,, but their jobs were sent to China and elsewhere, where aver people are like cattle… managed, fed, worked, and forced into obedience. Our globalists moved their jobs from one their owned American companies to their owned foreign facilities (an internal global transfer of sorts), and there is no manual or repetitive type work for them here, anymore! Of course, we’re going to send everyone to college, learn how to play war with a joy stick, design drones, create cancer cures, find new ways to find out where your friends are, what they’re doing, etc.

    Same said for the rhinos who have been in lock step amnesty – famous lines like calling BO & the progressives ignorant misguided fools. The “fools” & rhino foolers are many steps ahead of us “sheeple”!

    Where’s the TEA party? Afraid to say BOO? Tennessee need to have some good replacement candidates for Alexander & Corker IN THE PRIMARY – MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!


    My 15 1/2 yr. old grand daughter quietly just talked to everyone she encountered about her seeking WORK — not a job, but work for compensation. It has resulted in three part-time jobs on an as needed basis that give her very solid practical experience — in an office as a receptionist doing the grunt work, in a retail store doing more grunt work, & assisting a photographer at large social events.
    Additionally she has a small neighborhood clientele who call on her to watch their homes, water plants & care for pets when they are away.
    She has been advised by the adults in her life regarding proper on the job behavior. Her cell isn’t going off, she is smiling & pleasant, she is properly dressed & when it isn’t obvious to her what needs done next she asks, & does not consider any assignment beneath her including cleaning the employees’ restroom.
    But there is the difference! She wants WORK, not just a job. Then she does what she’s being paid for. She doesn’t make a customer wait while she takes a personal call.
    She has a firm grasp on the old concept the honest work is dignified and honorable. I have faith that she will go far in this uncertain World.

    • old hillbilly

      bless you & her both!!! There are many like you & it’s always a pleasure to know there are more.

      Keep in mind, the ghettos are much like Africa when Africans gathered & sold kinsmen slaves worldwide. In both cases the slaves answer to their master, who feeds them and demands homage & obedience!


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