Summer Unemployment For Teens Will Stay High

By Bruce Hagevik, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The summer unemployment rate for Minnesota teenagers is expected to remain high.

The past few years it’s been hovering at around 21 percent and this summer will be no different. Those who found a temporary job feel lucky.

“My mom helped me out with getting a job, so I’m going to work at a restaurant,” said one teenager in south Minneapolis.

Traditional job prospects at restaurants and retail stores are not as strong as they were a decade ago, when the teen jobless rate was 9 percent.

“Probably the one area that’s better than any of the others would be in the area of health care and social assistance,” said spokesman Monte Hanson of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

WCCO’s Bruce Hagevik Interviews Monte Hanson

Those young people who would like to work this summer will need persistence.

“Really what you have to do is just turn in applications in as many places as you can,” said a Minneapolis teenager who believes he will find work.


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