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.

  • BKinMN

    Eyeroll. If it’s not $15.00 to $20.00/hour, they’d rather be chillin’ at the beach, playing their Xbox, PS3, Wii, or texting/talking on their phone. Besides……their parents won’t be around to answer for them, when they have a decision to make.

    • Lizzy Z

      That’s not true. Many teenagers actually take jobs that are minimum wage, and give up their summers to work and save up money. Not all teenagers are lazy brats who need their parents to make decisions for them.

      • Mary

        Depends. Each center has its own geunilides. Call 211. They are the experts in non profits in your area. Volunteer at the local food pantry, soup kitchen, domestic abuse shelter, or homeless shelter. Read at the library, have a story hour. Read at the local hospital in the waiting room. Help at the animal shelter or humane society.If you can’t do that; have a food drive; Oodles of Noodles is a pasta drive that is usually very successful for the food pantry. Collect new toothbrushes and hairbrushes for the domestic abuse shelter. Collect blankets, hats, gloves for the homeless shelter. Collect used blankets and towels for the animal shelter.The need is great; the opportunities are endless.

  • Vicki Fricke

    I have two teens – a graduating h.s. Sr. & a college Freshman. They have been out pounding the pavement looking for summer jobs, and are still in the process. They are currently calling all the business’s they applied to to follow up on their application. They do not care if the job only pays minimum wage in fact, that’s what they expect, they would just like a job to help fund some of their expenses and build their resume. BKinMN, maybe teens are home playing PS3 or hanging out at the beach because they are TEENS, and isn’t that okay for teens to do some of the time? I agree some teens are lazy (and the same could be said for adults), but a lot of teens are hardworking, outstanding citizens. They are now competing for jobs against unemployed laid off adults who need to support their family. The adults have job experience and know the steps needed to find and get jobs. Teens are also in school while a lot of unemployed adults are not and have ample time to go out or call on jobs. My teens picked up odd jobs last summer doing whatever for whatever pay was offered – mowing, babysitting, landscape, etc. We were hoping the market would improve for them this summer but according to this article & the current state of the economy, it doesn’t look like it will.

  • Mark from

    I have some great older teens and college kids working for me, and at times I watch the older people milk the clock while the younger kids bust their a$$.

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