Helping Teens Find Summer Jobs In The Tough Economy

By KBJR News 1

August 4, 2010 Updated Aug 4, 2010 at 2:52 PM CDT

Posted by Melissa Burlaga

Reports indicate this summer job market is shaping up to be even worse than last year for the millions of high school and college students on summer break.

According to economists at the economic policy institute, this is the worst year for teen employment since the recession of the early '80s, and very likely since the great depression.

Barbara Reyelts has some advice on what teens can do from connect with kids.

They look through newspapers, scan the internet, and drive around looking for 'help wanted' or 'now hiring' signs.

There aren't many.

"I looked for a summer job for probably about a month and a half."

"I had an extremely hard time finding a job."

In fact experts say.

"Our teens in this nation are facing the worst job market in recent memory since world war ii."

Experts estimate that this summer most teens will not find a job compared to eight years ago when almost half of all teens found work.

The reason is no surprise: adults who have been unemployed for months are taking low level jobs that used to go to kids.

"Teenagers all across this country are being forced number one, to compete with better skilled, more educated adults and there are fewer jobs to be sought in the beginning."

He says, first, teens shouldn't give up looking.

It may take longer and they may not get the job of their choice but there are still opportunities.

Second, if you can't find a paying job, volunteer for a non–profit organization.

It's a way of showing future employers you have what it takes.
"Committed to showing up on time, doing a good job, respecting authority."

Experts say jobs are important for American teens not only because they provide much–needed money, but also because historically the high teen unemployment rates often correlate to higher levels of juvenile delinquency and crime.