Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Summer Job Outlook Is Cloudy


The search for a summer job won't be any easier this year, despite nascent signs of a recovery.

Almost half of hiring managers -- 47% -- don't plan to hire any seasonal workers this summer, said a survey from hourly job site That's about the same as last summer's 46%.

The majority of respondents, 54%, said they think it will be "difficult" for teens to find a summer job this year. The survey did not ask that question last year.

"Just like last summer, employers have a wide range of [applicants] this year," said Shawn Boyer, chief executive of "When managers can pick from the cream of the crop, it makes it tough for those applying."

Teens were likely hoping for a sunnier outlook this year, since 2009's summer job openings were slim amid a churning economy. But even as the recession has begun to abate this year, the unemployment rate remains at 9.7%.

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