Teenagers looking for summer work will have a better chance of finding it this year, according to outplacement consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The improving job market, the firm said, has eased competition for the low-skilled, low-paying jobs that traditionally go to teens on school break.
The employment environment for high-schoolers and other young folks has made a dramatic recovery since falling to record lows in 2010, when the number of 16- to 19-year-olds working during the summer months was at its slimmest level since 1949.
Last year, youth employment from May through June perked up 13.2%, or by 1.08 million jobs. The number is expected to grow again this year, though the ranks of working teens still won't be quite as full as they were before the recession.
Older and more experienced job seekers, who recently poached teens' summer break jobs in their scramble to find work, are now moving on to better-paying positions, the firm said. Government-funded jobs at public camps, beaches, pools and parks — which have been in scarce supply through rounds of budget cuts — seem to be reemerging.