Minnesota’s teen unemployment rate lowest since 2002

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — As the end of the school year approaches, so comes a tsunami of new hires at businesses throughout Minnesota. Teenagers are swiftly scooping up entry-level and seasonal jobs as movie theatre attendants, retail clerks or lifeguards—jobs that were much harder to come by only a few years ago, the Twin Cities Business Magazine reports.

Minnesota’s teen unemployment rate shot above 20 percent in the years following the recession (2009 to 2013), according to a report put out by the state’s Department of Employment and Economic Development.

“Not only were jobs harder to come by for all demographics, but many older, more experienced workers were forced into entry-level positions which previously may have gone to teenagers,” said Nick Dobbins, a research analyst for DEED.

The teen unemployment rate has only recently settled down. Now, if Minnesota teens want a summer job, they are more able to find one. Data compiled by DEED shows unemployment rates for the 16 to 19 year-old workforce is now under 10 percent, the lowest rate since summer 2002.

Read more of this story at Twin Cities Business Magazine by Sam Schaust. Photo provided.

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