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May 6, 2012 6:24 PM by Lacey Steele

Summer jobs may help teen unemployment numbers

U.S. employers added 115,000 jobs in April, which is 50,000 less than predicted, and the hardest hit are teens.

The school bell for summer is about to ring, which means teens are getting ready to punch the time clock.

Economists are hopeful seasonal jobs will put a dent in teen unemployment.

"I work as the range and cart boy," said Thomas Vinci.

Vinci is a high school senior who works at a local golf course.

"So I go clean the carts, bring them out every morning," said Vinci. "Shuffle them back, put them away, and just clean the range."

"It's a way of them making a little extra money and help out their parents with gas money and things like that," said Randal Bregar, Elmwood Golf Course manager.

Many employers hire teens because the summer months can be extra busy.

"The teens when we hire all know that it's seasonal, and obviously they don't have the time to work during school time because they're busy with studies," said Bregar. "Some kids are playing sports."

"I got tired of asking my parents for money, and I kind of wanted to just have my own and just not worry about asking them," said Vinci. "So I could have some fun during the summer."

Not all teens have luck finding that summer job.

"I've been trying since school started, and I'd be lucky to get in for the summer," said Erick Martinez, a high school junior who is currently unemployed. "That's what I'm aiming for."

Erick Martinez says he has car insurance and a cell phone bill he needs to pay.

"I think they're more interested in people with more experience working," said Martinez. "That's why I think it's so hard."

But he admits, he has to keep trying to make it happen.

A couple of businesses we spoke to say they don't always hire new employees each summer because their seasonal employees from the year before technically never quit.

They only take a leave of absence for school.

 

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