Unemployment Up For Vermont Teens

07/06/12 7:04AM By Samantha Fields

More than 44 percent of American teenagers who want summer jobs aren't finding them, or aren't getting as many hours as they'd like. In Vermont, the unemployment rate among 16-19 year olds is nearly four times the overall state average.

Carrie Ballou is a Workforce Investment Act youth case manager for the Department of Labor in Central Vermont. She says the problem is the result of a number of factors.

"Employers have to be very conscious with their dollars. They're not going to spend $50 to advertise for summer help when they've got adults in their 40s and 50s who are coming in and seeking jobs as well," Ballou said. 

Teenagers can also be at a disadvantage because of their lack of experience with job search strategies and etiquette.

The non-profit group ‘Linking Learning to Life' has tips for teens who want to improve their job prospects.

Those include having a professional email address, and keeping Facebook pages appropriate, because employers are looking at the social media site.

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