Teen Hiring Picks Up Over 2011

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CHICAGO (UPI) — The summer job season for U.S. teenagers is off to a robust start compared to the previous two years, a private research firm said Monday.

Outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said 157,000 teenagers found work in May, which kicks off the three-month summer job hiring season.

A year earlier in May, teenagers landed 71,000 jobs. The year before that, 2010, teenagers secured only 6,000 jobs in May.

Going back to 1998, the highest total posted in May was 415,000 in 1999. The highest total in the past 10 years was 230,000 hires in May 2006.

The average number of jobs found by teenagers in May since 1998 is 151,400.

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