According to a recent report on Reuters, kids in the New York City area in search of temporary employment face their third bleak summer in a row.
Government work programs have been scaled back. In New York City, federal programs “had 52,000 summer jobs for teens in 2009. Now the program is half that size. It has five applicants for every job.”
Additionally, teens must compete with adults, also looking for jobs in lower-paying slots. Apparently, the stats haven’t been this high since World War II:
Teens – often the last hired and first fired – suffered the toughest summers on the job front since World War II in 2010 and 2011. This summer, the outlook is chilly – again… In April, the U.S. unemployment rate for 16- to 19-year-olds was 24.9 percent – and much higher in some major metropolitan areas.
Have your teens been looking for summer jobs? Any luck?