In a summer in which only one of three teenagers looking for a job will find it, there are some beacons of hope.
local businesses rely on teenagers and groups such as HandsOn Battle
Creek and Junior Achievement of Southwest Michigan help connect those
businesses with young jobseekers.
employment helps instill a sense of responsibility and confidence,”
said Southwest Michigan Junior Achievement President Brad Kaufmann. “It
gives them some money and they can start learning to manage it, and of course it helps out our economy as well.”
employment-population ratio for 16 to 19-year-olds has fallen
drastically from 37.4 percent in summer 2008 to 25.8 percent in May
2012, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.