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Teen unemployment rate likely to remain high this summer


LANSING (WKZO) -- Teens looking for a summer job in the coming weeks may have a bit of a rough time. Kurt Weiss, with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget says the unemployment rate among those 16 to 19 will still be high, although not quite as high as it has been in other years.

He says around 2008 and 2009, the teen unemployment rate soared up to 32 to 35 percent. This year, it's expected to be around 25 percent.

To reach that figure, they do only consider teens who want work and are looking for it. Weiss says that some young people may better position themselves to get a job by brushing up on their interview skills, finding some references for their resumes, and dressing presentably.