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Posted July 09, 2013 by

Teen Summer Employment Strongest in 7 Years

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Teen hiring got off to its strongest start in seven years in 2013, but heavy employment gains in May appear to have caused employers to pull back slightly in June.  However, with 994,000 16- to -19-year-olds finding seasonal positions so far this summer, it is still possible that teen hiring could outpace 2012, according to John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

A Challenger analysis of just-released government employment data found that employers added 215,000 teenagers to their payrolls in May.  That is the largest number of teens hired in May since 2006, when employment among 16- to 19-year-olds expanded by 230,000 in the first month of the summer hiring season.  (more…)

Posted April 11, 2013 by

Tips for Teens Looking for Summer Jobs

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & Christmas

Continued employment gains across the economy, but particularly in lower-skilled, lower-paying hourly wage categories, are expected to benefit teenagers seeking jobs this summer, according to a new outlook released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

While job-seeking teens are likely to face competition from recent college graduates, as well as those at the opposite end of the age spectrum, employment gains for 16- to 19-year-olds in May, June and July should surpass last year’s levels.

“There will definitely be more opportunities for teenagers seeking employment this summer.  Of course, it is still a competitive environment.  So, teens should not expect employers to come knocking on their door.  The search will require maximum effort, starting now, in order to have a position lined up before the school year ends,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas. (more…)

Posted July 10, 2012 by

Teen Summer Job Market Strongest Since 2007

The number of employed 16- to 19-year-olds expanded by 858,000 in June, making this the strongest summer hiring surge teenagers have seen since 2007, according to an analysis of government jobs data by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  June employment gains among teens were 22 percent greater than a year ago, when 714,000 16- to 19-year-olds joined the workforce.

Non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employers have now hired 1,015,000 teens since May 1, up 29 percent from 785,000 teen jobs added in May and June 2011.  The 1,015,000 teen employment gains so far this year are just 72,000 shy of last year’s three-month summer teen hiring total of 1,087,000.  Last year, 302,000 teens found employment in July and, since 2008, July employment gains have averaged 367,000, despite a weak economy.  So, it is highly likely that this year’s summer job gains among teenagers will far surpass the 2011 hiring season. (more…)

Posted April 25, 2012 by

More Jobs Available For Teens Yet Fewer Teens Looking for Jobs

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray & ChristmasThe job market is starting to improve around the country, albeit faster in some areas than others.  The accelerating recovery should prove beneficial to teenagers seeking employment this summer, as they are likely to face less competition from older, more experienced job hunters.  However, a new outlook on the summer job prospects for teenagers reveals that fewer are actually seeking these seasonal positions.

Summer employment among teenagers is projected to increase over last year’s better-than-expected gains, according to the annual teen summer employment outlook released Tuesday by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. (more…)