2013 Teen Job Market is Looking Very Competitive

By: Alyssa Fenske Email
By: Alyssa Fenske Email

LANSING (WILX)-- 2013 is expected to be another tough summer job market. School is almost over and the state estimates more than 240,000 students in Michigan will be looking for summer jobs.

The unemployment rate for teens is expected to stay high this summer with 60,000 teen between the ages of 16-19 that won't find a job this year. That's one out of four teens that won't find a job this summer. Teen unemployment is higher than any other age group.

"There are jobs out there but there are just not enough," said Kurt Weiss with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget.

Some students have had to search for their summer jobs before school ends.

"I applied for this is January while still in school. You have to get a head of the game because a lot of people hire early," said Alyssa Duguay. Duguay was hired this year as a ticket sales person for the Lugnuts.

Teen unemployment has dropped over the past two years. Teen unemployment was at 28.6% in 2011, and 26.7% in 2012. It's staying relatively high because teens are still having to compete with people who have work experience.

"Those folks with work experience have an edge on those people who have not yet entered the job market," said Weiss.

Experts say lack of preparation is usually a teen's biggest downfall. Not have any previous work experience shouldn't be an excuse for teens wanting to land a job.

"Make sure they have a resume, references, are on time, and groomed . All those things help," said Weiss.

Experts say teens without summer jobs tend to end up in more trouble. Jobs provide a great outlet for kids with hands on experience, getting them off the streets, and teaching them some core values.

"They are learning to work with each other, being responsible and dealing with customers. It's a great feeling as a manager to see them grow as people," said Lugnuts Retail Manager Matt Hicks.

Employers say it's important to keep at it even if your first few applications fall through.

"Get your name out there and in as many positions as possible," said Hicks.

A couple more tips that can help teens looking for jobs:

-Make sure you let friends and neighbors know you are looking for work.
-Stop in at local businesses and talk with the managers--- don't just ask for an application.
-Talk with school guidance counselors see what they're hearing.
-Think about self employment such as lawn service and pet and baby-sitting.


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