Teen Job Market Rebounds in June

The summer job market for teenagers is proving to be better than expected, as 714,000 16-to19-year-olds joined the ranks of the employed in June.  That is the biggest June job gain among teens since 2007 and a 44 percent improvement over 2010, when only 497,000 teenagers found jobs.  Employers have now hired 785,000 teens since May 1.  That is still slightly below the 809,000 teen jobs added in May and June 2009, but it represents a vast improvement over last year’s pace, which saw just 503,000 16-to 19-year-olds find jobs over the same two-month span.  The gains can be attributed largely to the private sector, where teens have been able to take advantage of increased hiring in retail, leisure and hospitality.

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

????

785,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. with data provided

 

by
the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

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