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Get a job: More summer employment opportunities available for teens

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Tell that teen to set the alarm. The expanding economy means less sleeping in and more job opportunities for Minnesota teenagers this summer.

According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), Minnesota’s low unemployment rate means employers have fewer available workers to choose from, making teens more attractive in the hiring process.

Youth unemployment in Minnesota was at 11.4 percent during the summer of 2014, but Oriane Casale, assistant director of DEED's Labor Market Information Office, expects more teens to find work during their vacations this year.

"Prospects for teenagers finding jobs this summer are better than in recent years, primarily because of an improving economy and tighter labor market," Casale said.

DEED finds Minnesota already has the seventh-highest labor force participation rate for teenagers in the country, at 48.5 percent. The national statistic, according to the American Community Survey, is 33 percent.

DEED statistics also show that metro area teens are slightly less likely to work than their counterparts in greater Minnesota.

DEED is spreading the word about teen employment opportunities; its story about improved options for youth has appeared in a number of local newspapers, including the Grand Rapids Herald Review and the Hutchinson Leader.

KARE 11 reports employers are still hiring for summer jobs. As school lets out, the station cites a few places looking for young workers, including the Cookie Cart in North Minneapolis, a nonprofit bakery that employs about 55 teens, and the YMCA of the Greater Twin Cities, which typically hires 1,000 teens between the ages of 16-19.

DEED’s job bank lists nearly 84,000 jobs, many of them suitable for teenagers.

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