Summer Jobs For Local Teens May Be Scarce
Most of us remember those summer jobs we had to take while in high school to earn money for college. According to a report in the Utica Observer-Dispatch this year there are too many teenage job seekers and not enough jobs to go around.
Jobs are being filled by dislocated workers who have been laid off and are taking temporary positions, said Dave Mathis, director for Oneida County Workforce Development.
Students also are competing against more retirees who are looking to augment their income, as well as seniors who never left the workforce, he said.
“You’re seeing more and more in the workforce, in terms of what used to be traditional jobs for high school students, are disappearing,” Mathis said. “Teen unemployment for the last three to four years has been at record numbers, which is creating more and more of a problem.”
If you are a teenage summer job seeker work on that resume, show initiative and knock on as many doors as possible to increase your chances.