This might be the worst summer for teen jobs ever recorded, according to international outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. Summer hiring for 16- to 19-year-olds is down 38 percent from last year. May and June are typically the biggest hiring months for summer jobs, but this year only 503,000 teens landed positions, compared to 809,000 hired over the same period in 2009. “This could end up being the worst teen summer job market in employment records going back to 1948,” noted CEO John Challenger. “With data now suggesting that consumers are pulling back on spending, it is unlikely that a late hiring surge will salvage the dismal summer job situation for the nation’s youngest workers.” Teen unemployment is currently 29 percent, more than double the national average.
No Holiday for 2.1 Million Jobless
A standalone bill for extending jobless benefits was left in limbo as lawmakers broke for Independence Day recess last week. Meanwhile, federal funding fizzled out for an estimated 2.1 million Americans who have been jobless for more than six months. In California, the Employment Development Dept estimates that 260,000 of the state’s long-term unemployed have already exhausted their benefits. “The number of Californians (affected by the impasse) will continue to grow as… more people are exhausting their regular or extension tier of benefits,” said EDD spokesman Patrick Joyce. The battle over benefit extensions erupted when Senate Republicans voiced concerns about increasing the federal deficit.
On the bright side for San Joaquin County, the Northern California Power Agency broke ground on its state-of-the-art Lodi Energy Center last week. Construction of the natural-gas-fired combined-cycle power plant is expected to generate several hundred jobs over the next two years, with operations slated to begin in June 2012.