Fewer Jobs for Teens

By: Josie Connell
By: Josie Connell

Michigan teens looking for summer work will find fewer jobs, because as the unemployment rate continues to rise, entry level workers, like teens, face competition from more experienced workers.

"We've got tons of adults competing for those jobs, and employers, given a choice, will take a worker with more experience at almost every opportunity," said Doug Stites, CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works.

The economy is so poor, Michigan Works is canceling the "Teen Works! Summer Job Fair.” It was scheduled for April 27. Only a tenth of the employers needed wanted to participate. Nearly 5,000 kids seeking jobs were expected to attend.

According to Stites, teens looking for jobs can increase their chances by starting their search early, being persistent, and well-prepared for interviews.


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