Summer jobs for teens at near record low

July 7, 2010 at 1:50 PM

CHICAGO, July 7 (UPI) -- The number of summer jobs secured by U.S. teenagers is the lowest in decades, a private research group said Wednesday.

The Labor Department said in June 497,000 jobs for 16-19-year-olds had been found, which is 29 percent below the number found in June 2009, employment research firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas said.

"This could end up being the worst teen summer job market in employment records going back to 1948," Chief Executive Officer John Challenger said.

Records show in 1951, employers hired 455,000 teenagers for summer work in June. So far, for the season, teen summer employment had grown by 503,000, a drop of 38 percent from May to June last year, when 809,000 teenagers secured jobs in May to June.

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