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Michigan teens face 'competitive' summer job market

  Michigan says the job market for teens ages 16-19 this summer will be "competitive." Surely, teens hunting a job for the summer will think of other adjectives for it.

  The projected summer unemployment rate for teens this year is projected at 25.5 percent by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.
  That's a slight decrease of 1.2 percent from last summer, but still way off the more healthier summer jobless rate for teens of 17.2 percent in 2003.
  In all fairness, the worst was 35 percent in 2010, so there's some indication that Michigan's economy is slowly improving.
  "Despite these recent improvements, however, the teen unemployment rate remains at relatively high levels," Michigan labor analysts note. "This is due, in part, to the additional competition teens have faced from older workers in recent years."
  The state projects 180,900 Michigan teens will find work this summer but that 61,900 will not.  State analysts looked at traditional summer jobs like camp counselor, car washer, cashier, delivery, fast food, wait staff, clerical, golf course worker, library aide, stock clerk, usher or attendant, receptionist, sales clerk and office clerk.

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