Michigan teens face (slightly less) high unemployment this summer

May 20, 2011

30% of Michigan teens hoping to find work this summer…won’t. That’s according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.

Bruce Weaver is an analyst for the state. He says the rate has actually declined from last year:

“ The unemployment rate for teens reached a thirty year high, in the summer of 2010.”

He says teens will have a tough time finding jobs because of the high unemployment numbers for adults:

“There’s still an extremely high amount of competition for every job that occurs in the state, which often means that teens are competing with adults who may have more education or more work experience, which does make it difficult at times for them to find jobs.”

But Weaver says many industries, like tourism, are hiring teens for part time or temporary positions.

-Bridget Bodnar, Michigan Radio News