Teen unemployment at near-historic low

Teen unemployment at near-historic low

ONALASKA, Wis. (WKBT) - School is out, and for many students, that means time for that summer job - if they can find one.

Teen unemployment is at a nearly historic low, according to the New York Times and Bureau of Labor Statistics. In 2013, about 25 percent of the country's 16- to 19-year-olds were in the force. That compares to about 45 percent in 2000.

High school counselors say landing the perfect summer position isn't easy when you're not the only one looking in a less-than-perfect economy.

"There's other people who are looking for work," says Dean Tarasewicz. "So when a high school student is competing for employment with a job force that has some experience, it can be difficult for high school students to find that job."

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, minority teens are having the hardest time breaking into the workforce. Only about 17 percent of African Americans age 16 to 19 had a job in 20-13.

Some high schools are doing their part to help kids find jobs. For the first time, Onalaska High held a job fair this spring to help match up students with work that could help them with future careers.

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