TLP: "Help Wanted": It's Not Just for Job-Seekers Anymore
This one has lose-lose written all over it.
This year is shaping up to be even worse than last for the millions of high school and college students looking for summer jobs.The real "silent victims" in this economy, as far as unemployed youth are concerned, have to be their parents. Not only are their kids not earning (lose), but whatever they end up filling those hours with is bound to cost somebody some money (lose).
State and local governments, traditionally among the biggest seasonal employers, are knee-deep in budget woes, and the stimulus money that helped cushion some government job programs last summer is running out. Private employers are also reluctant to hire until the economy shows more solid signs of recovery.
So expect fewer lifeguards on duty at public beaches this summer in California, fewer workers at some Massachusetts state parks and camping grounds and taller grass outside state buildings in Kentucky.
Students seeking summer jobs, generally 16 to 24 years old, are at the end of the job line, behind the jobless baby boomers who are competing with new college graduates who, in turn, are trying to elbow out undergraduates and high school students.
With so many people competing for so few jobs, unemployed youth “are the silent victims of the economy,” said Adele McKeon, a career specialist with the Boston Private Industry Council who counsels students on matters like workplace etiquette, professionalism and résumé writing.