Summer jobs forecast for teens is not looking good

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - The summer jobs forecast isn't looking bright for teens.

New government figures show seven out of 10 teens can't find a job and unemployment among 16 to 19 year olds is steeper than for other age groups.

"In our staff hiring we've always had college, high school age, as well as adults in our hiring," said Shane Anderson with Jackson Parks and Recreation Department. "I don't believe the national trend has hit us. Maybe it is slower to hit the Midwest, but it's not hit us."

Experts say some of the drop in employment is cultural, as more teens spend summers in school or camp.

The figures also show African-Americans, Hispanics and teens in lower-income families were least likely to find summer work.

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