Teens taking more jobs as employers seek help – Mankato Free Press

by | May 16, 2022 | Jobs

Mankato East High School junior John Calsbeek didn’t need much encouragement to seek out his first job a year ago at Hy-Vee on Adams Street.Calsbeek is just one of the teenagers coming to the rescue of business owners who are struggling to find enough workers in one of the hottest job markets in decades.“I do a little bit of everything,” Calsbeek said. “I mostly cashier, but I sometimes do cart pushing, bagging, some stocking, taking out the trash, running returns back and I do a bit of cleaning.”
Teens are now working in greater numbers than they have since before the 2008-09 financial crisis, when summer and part-time jobs were a more common rite of passage into adulthood, The Wall Street Journal reports. They have become particularly essential in the retail, tourism and hospitality industries, which many adults left behind during the pandemic.Unemployment among 16- to 19-year-old workers was at 10.2 percent in April, just shy of the 68-year low of 9.6 percent it touched in May last year, according to the Journal, which cited figures released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. Overall, about a third of U.S. teens in that age group are now working, the federal data show.The tight labor market has employers rallying to find workers. For the first time, Mankato East High School hosted Teen Connect on Wednesday, bringing together employers and teens at the high school gym. About 30 employers connected with more than 350 kids.“We really felt like students could gain skills throughout the summer, …

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