Teen Unemployment

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The teen unemployment rate has risen to heights unseen in many years. But thanks to the city of Lansing, some teens were spared the trouble of job searching this summer.

The city coordinated a four-week summer employment program for high school students and recent graduates. They are camp counselors for elementary-aged kids.

The teen unemployment rate nationally is at its highest point in the last nine years, according to the U.S. Labor Department. The rate is at 18.5% for teens.

Lansing Mayor Tony Benavides says the city spent about $15,000 on the Summer Works Program.