Report: Teen Summer Job Market Strongest Since 2007

Chicago — July 10

The number of employed teenagers — those aged 16 to 19 years — expanded by 858,000 in June, making it the strongest summer hiring surge for teenagers since 2007, according to an analysis of government jobs data by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.

June employment gains among teens were 22 percent greater than a year ago, when 714,000 16 to 19 year olds joined the workforce.

Non-seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found employers have now hired a little more than 1 million teens since May 1, up 29 percent from 785,000 teen jobs added in May and June 2011.

The teen employment gains so far this year are just 72,000 shy of last year’s three-month summer teen hiring total of just more than 1 million. Last year, 302,000 teens found employment in July and, since 2008, July employment gains have averaged 367,000, despite a weak economy.

It is highly likely that this year’s summer job gains among teenagers will far surpass the 2011 hiring season, according to Challenger.

In a teen summer hiring outlook released by Challenger last April, employment among teenagers was expected to increase over 2011’s better-than-expected gains.

Source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc.