Local employers find hard time hiring teen workers

At the Mini Job Fair hosted in part by the Workforce Development Center of Wisconsin, employers were looking for both full time, and the elusive part time employee.

“We love hiring teenagers, but we just don’t get a lot of inquiries from high schoolers for jobs,” explained Kaley Jacobson, General Manager of Pogi’s Catering.

“The unemployment rate in the La Crosse are is pretty low,” added Kyle Bredeson, Support Center Recruiter for Kwik Trip.

The statewide unemployment rate is at 2.9 percent, under the national unemployment percentage of 4.0.

The Wisconsin Department of Labor estimated that slightly under half of residents aged 16-17 worked sometime in the last year.

Other possible reasons posed by recruiters Thursday morning were too many openings for teens in the summer posted at the same time, as well as teens writing off summer job listings as unappealing.

“With jobs like catering you work and grow up together, some people say catering is not for them when it may be.”

For those looking for a summer job, the best way is to visit the company of interest’s website, or go to the location and ask for openings.

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