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Employment for teen jobs in San Antonio rises

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Employment among 16- to 19-year-olds, and for employment for teen jobs in San Antonio, still managed to reach the highest level in six years, according to a new analysis of government data from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray, & Christmas.

Employment among teens increased by 1,160,000 during the three-month summer hiring season that stretches from May through July. The employment gain was 11 percent lower than 2014, when 1,297,000 teenagers were added to summer payrolls.

“There was increased hiring of teenagers throughout the year, particularly just before the holidays and then again in the spring before school ended. This suggests that more seasonal jobs in retail, entertainment and leisure, and food service are being taken by teens, which could bode well for their employment figures going forward,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“Fewer teenagers are seeking employment opportunities, most of them by choice. More are focused on academics, volunteering or jobs that fly under the radar of most employment measures,” said Challenger.

“Additionally, a small but growing percentage of school districts are beginning to experiment with year-round schedules that provide more frequent, but shorter breaks throughout the year. Teens on these schedules do not have the long summer breaks that might allow them to work at the neighborhood pool or a summer camp,” he added.