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Summer Jobs Easier To Find For Teens In 2013

Teens finding summer jobs is good news for the state because teenagers tend to spend their money quickly.

Hoosiers teenagers might have more luck looking for part-time work this summer than they did in recent years.

U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics show that teenagers held 1.7 million summer jobs before the recession started in 2007. But by 2010, there were less than 1 million summer jobs for teens.

Numbers in 2013 appear to be returning to pre-recession levels.

Indiana Youth Institute President and CEO Bill Stanczykiewicz says the trend is expected to be the same for the state of Indiana. He says a summer job is a way for teens to earn not just money but work experience as well.

“They also learn important workplace skills like, how to show up on time, how to dress up properly, how to get along with their boss and colleagues, how to provide good customer service, how to think under feet,” Stanczykiewicz says. “These are very important skills that will serve them very well as adults.”

18-year-old Emma Weiler recently graduated from high school. She is working at Malibu Grill in Bloomington this summer in order to save money for college and says she didn’t have trouble finding a summer job.

“I had a few options and since all of the IU students were going away. It was easier to find one towards the end of the year because places were looking for people to work,” Weiler says.

Stanczykiewicz says the fact more teens are finding work is good news for the Indiana economy because teenagers typically spend their money fast.

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