Teen Employment Off To Stronger Start This Summer


The teen summer employment surge, which typically ramps up in May and peaks in June and July, got off to a stronger start this year.  The latest non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by 71,000 in May.  That is well below the 125,000 new teen jobs averaged in May over the previous 10 years, but it represents a vast improvement over the 6,000 added in May 2010.  The June employment figures will provide the best picture of this year’s teen job market.  Last year, teen employment grew by 497,000 in June, down 29 percent from 698,000 in June 2009.  In 2007, before the recession, employment among 16- to 19-year-olds increased by 1,114,000 in June.   What are the biggest obstacles to strong teen employment growth this summer?  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

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71,000

 
           
Source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. with data provided  
by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics    

 

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