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Summer jobs scarce for teens

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Cailynn Williams, 17, fills a bag of popcorn for a customer at the New Strand Theater in West Liberty, Iowa July 8, 2011. 

Credit: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi
Cailynn Williams, 17, fills a bag of popcorn for a customer at the New Strand Theater in West Liberty, Iowa July 8, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Jessica Rinaldi

LANSING (WKZO) -- Memorial Day marks the beginning of the Summer season and it could be a tough one for teenagers looking for summer jobs.

This month, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget projected an unemployment rate of 26 point four percent for teens, compared to over 28 percent last summer.

The department's Kurt Weiss says that teenagers face specific challenges in finding a job. He says there will be 287-thousand teens chasing about 211-thousand jobs and they may be competing with adults who can’t find other work.

He says that teen workers should work hard to prepare themselves for any interviews they land, and focus on applying to places that are likely to be needing more staff in the summer months.

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