Teen Hiring Update: Strong Summer Start

Teen Employment Off To Strong Start This Summer

Teen summer employment got off to its strongest start since 2006, as the number of 16- to 19-year-olds with jobs grew by nearly 160,000 in May, according to an analysis of the latest Labor Department figures by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  Last month’s employment gains among teens were more than double the 71,000 jobs won by 16- to 19-year-olds in May 2011.  In its annual teen summer employment outlook, Challenger forecast that 2012 should see some improvement over 2011, when employment among teens grew by 1,087,000, a 13-percent increase from 2010, which saw the smallest teen job gains since 1949.  In 2010, employers added just 6,000 teens to their payrolls in May, which is the first month of the teen summer hiring season that continues through June and July.  While the job situation for teens appears to be improving, why are a growing number of teens abandoning the summer job market?  Is it too late for teenagers to find work now?  What can teenagers do to improve their chances of finding employment this summer?

 

Year

May

June

July

Summer Jobs Gained

Change from Prior Year

1998

270,000

1,058,000

675,000

2,003,000

 
1999

415,000

750,000

852,000

2,017,000

0.7%

2000

111,000

1,087,000

311,000

1,509,000

-25.2%

2001

58,000

1,124,000

560,000

1,742,000

15.4%

2002

161,000

985,000

510,000

1,656,000

-4.9%

2003

152,000

859,000

458,000

1,469,000

-11.3%

2004

168,000

827,000

597,000

1,592,000

8.4%

2005

183,000

1,007,000

546,000

1,736,000

9.0%

2006

230,000

1,033,000

471,000

1,734,000

-0.1%

2007

62,000

1,114,000

459,000

1,635,000

-5.7%

2008

116,000

683,000

355,000

1,154,000

-29.4%

2009

111,000

698,000

354,000

1,163,000

0.8%

2010

6,000

497,000

457,000

960,000

-17.5%

2011

71,000

714,000

302,000

1,087,000

13.2%

2012

157,000

 

 

 

 

 

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