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Hiring Among Teens Down For Second Summer In A Row

May-June hiring of 16- to 19-year-olds is down 13% from 2012.

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Summer hiring among teenagers is down for the second year in a row. That’s according to a new analysis of Labor Department data by human resources firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Employers hired 661,000 teenagers in June – bringing the total for the last two months to 878,000. That’s down 12 percent from the same period last year and down 13 percent from 2012.

John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says this may reflect a long-term trend rather than weakness in the economy today. “Teen participation in the labor force has been falling since the late 1970s,” Challenger says. “It’s a big issue for us, because getting those foundation jobs, taking those first jobs, are important for laying the groundwork for long-time careers.”

June is traditionally the peak of the summer hiring period for 16- to 19-year olds.