teen unemployment http://michiganradio.org en How important is it for teens to have summer jobs? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-important-it-teens-have-summer-jobs <p></p><p>As school ends and summer gets underway, the challenge in many Michigan households is teens trying to find a summer job.</p><p>The unemployment rate for teens is expected to hit 26.5% this summer, somewhat better than last year's level.</p><p>It certainly matters to parents who aren't thrilled about a 17-year-old sitting around all summer playing X-Box. But how much does it matter to Michigan's economy and to the teens?</p><p>Charles Ballard is an economist with Michigan State University.</p><p>Ballard says teen unemployment has always been higher than adult unemployment, which isn’t surprising, when teens have the least experience and skills.</p><p>One thing to remember is that the unemployment rate is the rate of people who are actively seeking work. A lot of teens may have an unpaid internship, studying abroad, participate in athletics, or are in summer school and are not considered unemployed.</p><p>Ballard said that the statistics are not always entirely reliable, as they don’t accurately measure those who are earning money in other ways, such as babysitting or yard work.</p><p>The state figuring showed about 170,000 teenagers from ages 16-19 will be working, leaving almost 64,000 actively looking teenagers unemployed.</p><p>One of the problems that may be keeping teenagers out of the workforce is adults who are taking jobs from teens due to the recession.</p><p>Ballard said another reason more teenagers are not working is also because of the different options available for earning money. It does not mean that all those who are considered unemployed are not just twiddling their thumbs.</p><p>However, not having a job in your teenage years may have negative effects for some, such as those who dropped out of school and did not work. They would have a harder time finding employment as adults.</p><p>Ballard said that he would like to see Michigan try to improve the educational outcome by having a longer school year. Though it may limit the time students have to work in the summer, it will provide them with a better education and skills which they need in order to get some of these jobs.</p><p>Ballard added that he will keep making the case for longer school years.</p><p>“When we look at all the other developed countries in the world, they have a longer school year than the U.S. And in an awful lot of cases they have much better educational outcomes,” Ballard said.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>-Bre'Anna&nbsp;Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:30:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17980 at http://michiganradio.org How important is it for teens to have summer jobs? Teen Summer job picture improving http://michiganradio.org/post/teen-summer-job-picture-improving <p>The outlook is better for Michigan teenagers looking for Summer jobs.</p><p></p><p>But not that much better.</p><p></p><p>State officials are predicting 242,000 teens will look for summer jobs in Michigan. Most will be successful. But still about 26% are expected to end their Summer vacation without picking up a paycheck.</p><p></p><p>Jeff Aula is an economic analyst with the state of Michigan. He says it’s important for teen job seekers not to get discouraged.</p><p></p> Sat, 24 May 2014 17:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17742 at http://michiganradio.org Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills http://michiganradio.org/post/program-helping-genesee-county-teens-get-workplace-skills <p>Hundreds of Genesee County teenagers just completed a program that may help them land a summer job.</p><p></p><p>Teen Quest gives 14 to 19 year olds a chance to learn a variety of skills, from how to apply for a job to how to behave in the workplace.</p><p></p><p>Rhetta Hunyady is the Vice President of Education and Training for the Flint &amp; Genesee Chamber of Commerce.&nbsp;&nbsp; She says it’s very important for young people to learn workplace skills.</p><p></p> Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:42:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17028 at http://michiganradio.org Program helping Genesee County teens get workplace skills In this morning's news: Common Core debate, Detroit's new police chief, teen unemployment rate http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-common-core-debate-detroits-new-police-chief-teen-unemployment-rate <p><strong>Common Core debate continues in committee</strong></p><p>State lawmakers have formed a special committee to debate the merits of the Common Core Standards Initiative. The state Legislature<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-consider-dropping-common-core-standards-schools"> blocked the state from implementing the school standards</a> last month. Lawmakers said they needed more time to review Common Core before letting it take full effect in Michigan.</p><p><strong>Detroit's new police chief begins first day on the job</strong></p><p>Detroit’s new police chief, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/dont-know-much-about-detroits-new-chief-police-read">James Craig</a>, will report to work for the first time today. Craig, a native Detroiter, returns to the city from Cincinnati where he was named police chief in 2011. Craig said some of his top goals include raising department morale and putting more civilians in positions that had been held by officers.</p><p><strong>Teen unemployment rate more than double the state’s overall rate</strong></p><p>State labor officials say a quarter of Michigan teens who want a job can’t find one this summer. State and local officials say limits on federal grants intended to promote youth employment are partly to blame.&nbsp;</p><p>“Michael Finney, president of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, says he would like to do more to improve the teen job picture in cities like Detroit, Flint, Pontiac, and Saginaw as a way to reduce crime,” Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/finding-jobs-young-people-michigan">reports</a>.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 11:21:22 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13312 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Common Core debate, Detroit's new police chief, teen unemployment rate Finding jobs for young people in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/finding-jobs-young-people-michigan <p>Michigan’s teen unemployment rate is more than double the state’s overall jobless rate.</p><p></p><p>State and local officials say limits on federal grants intended to promote youth employment are partly to blame.</p><p></p><p>State labor officials say a quarter of Michigan teens who want a job can’t find one this summer. &nbsp;&nbsp;And they say part of the problem is the number of requirements on youth employment programs that are funded with federal grants.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:45:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13307 at http://michiganradio.org Finding jobs for young people in Michigan Michigan teenagers may have a better chance of landing a summer job http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-teenagers-may-have-better-chance-landing-summer-job <p>Michigan labor officials say teenagers may have a better chance this year of landing a summer job.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the summer of 2010, at the height of the recession, teen summer unemployment was pegged at 35 percent.</span></p><p>State economic analyst Bruce Weaver predicts this summer teen unemployment should be closer to 25 percent.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The types of industries that tend to hire teens … which primarily fall in the service and retail sector … have added jobs in Michigan over the past several years,” says Weaver. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 19:06:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12541 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan teenagers may have a better chance of landing a summer job Teens survey their southwest Detroit neighborhood http://michiganradio.org/post/teens-survey-their-southwest-detroit-neighborhood <p>A group of teenagers in Detroit has been pounding the pavement this summer and surveying local organizations. Their goal was to find out which organizations offer jobs and internships to young people.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-982243.mp3</p><p>The teenagers surveyed 150 organizations and mapped out their results using a data analysis program. One of the things the kids learned was that transportation becomes an issue for kids who are far away from resources.</p> Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:10:28 +0000 Kyle Norris 3792 at http://michiganradio.org Teens survey their southwest Detroit neighborhood What we learn from the work we do as teenagers http://michiganradio.org/post/what-we-learn-work-we-do-teenagers <p>This summer Michigan teenagers faced an employment rate of 30% which meant that 84,000 teenagers who wanted to work were un-able to find jobs.</p><p>Teen unemployment is a big deal. By not working, teens miss out on acquiring new life skills which can help them move on to better-paying jobs as adults. Unemployed teens are also more likely to become unemployed adults.</p><p>Many adults who did find work as teenagers say those early jobs had significant meaning in their lives. Here are Brittany Mitchell, Joe Hendricks, &amp; Mickey Sperlich talking about what they learned from those jobs.</p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:02:38 +0000 Kyle Norris 3748 at http://michiganradio.org What we learn from the work we do as teenagers Teens have tough time finding summer jobs http://michiganradio.org/post/teens-have-tough-time-finding-summer-jobs <p>The summertime blues have arrived for thousands of Michigan teenagers, who face a tough job market this year. That&rsquo;s despite some improvement from last year.</p><p>Teens face a 30% unemployment rate this summer. That&rsquo;s a 4 percentage point drop from 2010. A spokesman with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management &amp; Budget says much of the improvement is because fewer teens are trying to find work this summer.</p> Sun, 19 Jun 2011 17:33:31 +0000 Kyle Norris 2949 at http://michiganradio.org Teens have tough time finding summer jobs Michigan ranks thirteenth in the nation for teen unemployment http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-ranks-thirteenth-nation-teen-unemployment <p>The Employment Policies Institute issued a report that shows Michigan&rsquo;s teen unemployment rate is around 28 percent, compared to around 24 percent nationally.</p><p>Michael Saltsman is with the Employment Policies Institute. He says the rise in teen unemployment over the past two years is a result of employers moving toward automation and self service.</p><blockquote><p>I think you see other businesses sort of moving in that direction where maybe they have waiters and waitresses bus their own tables instead of having a bus boy do it.</p> Tue, 14 Jun 2011 17:29:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2877 at http://michiganradio.org