Summer 2017 Job Market Forecast For Michigan Teens (Ages 16-19)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: May 22, 2017
Contact: Jenni Riehle, 517-335-3783

May 22, 2017 – The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget has released its teen employment forecast for the summer of 2017 (June-August).  The Michigan labor market has continued to improve and this has led to teens having somewhat better success in securing summer employment over the past several years.  However, finding jobs is always a challenge for young people.

In general, the teen summer labor market is a competitive environment every year due to its dynamics.  Starting in May, the number of teens entering the labor force increases sharply and reaches a peak in July.  Many teens are entering the labor market for the first time and face competition from peers with previous work experience.  In recent years, teens have also faced additional competition from adults for available jobs. Consequently, even in the most favorable labor market conditions, these factors result in teen jobless rates that are significantly higher than the rates for adults.

Year

Teen Summer (June-August)

Unemployment Rate (%)

2005

17.9

 

2006

21.7

 

2007

22.0

 

2008

25.3

 

2009

31.8

 

2010

35.0

 

2011

28.6

 

2012

26.7

 

2013

27.1

 

2014

20.2

 

2015

18.7

 

2016

20.7

 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Unpublished Current Population Survey data

Since reaching a historic high of 35.0 percent in the summer of 2010, the teen summer unemployment rate has trended significantly lower.  During the summer of 2014, the jobless rate for teens returned to pre-recessionary levels and has remained there since.  This improvement was likely the result of continued job growth in Michigan and specifically in those sectors that provide good employment prospects for teens.  This downward trend in the teen jobless rate is expected to continue during the summer of 2017.

During the summer of 2017 (June-August), approximately 255,700 teens are projected to look for a job with about 209,700 expected to find employment. The overall downward trend in the teen unemployment rate of the past several years is anticipated to continue with a projected summer unemployment rate of 18.0 percent, which is 2.7 percentage points below the summer of 2016.  Even with this improvement in the jobless rate, however, the number of unemployed teens is expected to be approximately 46,000.

Michigan Teen (16-19) Summer (June-August) Labor Market Forecast - 2017

 

 

 

Teen Labor Force

 

Teen Employment

 

Teen Unemployment

 

Teen Unemployment Rate (%)

 

Summer 2017 (Forecast)

255,700

209,700

46,000

18.0

 

 

Source: Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.

Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management & Budget (DTMB) offers the following summer job search tips for teens:

  • Start looking early
  • Keep looking
  • Visit local businesses
  • Let friends/neighbors know you are looking for work
  • Talk with school guidance counselors
  • Utilize social media, websites with job ads, and local newspaper want ads
  • Think about self-employment: lawn service, pet sitting, etc.
  • Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect (www.mitalent.org)

In addition, listed below are some key items that may help to make a good first impression with employers:

  • Dress appropriately
  • Be on time for the interview
  • Be well groomed
  • Bring information needed to complete an application
  • Have a list of a few references
  • Maintain a positive attitude and show that you want the job

The industries and occupations that typically provide good job prospects for teens are listed in the tables below.

Teen Summer Employment Opportunities by Industry & Occupation

 

Opportunities by Industry

 

 

  • Agriculture
  • Gift/ Sporting Goods/Book Stores
  • Amusement & Recreation Services
  • Grocery Stores
  • Camps
  • Hotels & Motels
  • Department Stores / Retail Stores
  • Museums / Galleries / Zoos
  • Fruit & Vegetable Stores
  • Restaurants

 

 

 

Opportunities by Occupation

 

 

  • Camp Counselor
  • Golf Course Worker
  • Car Washer
  • Library Aide
  • Cashier
  • Office Clerk
  • Delivery Person
  • Receptionist
  • Fast Food Worker
  • Sales Clerk
  • Waiter / Waitress
  • Stock Clerk
  • Food Market Clerk
  • Usher / Attendant

Teens are encouraged to contact their local office of Michigan Works! (http://michiganworks.org).  Michigan Works! provides assistance in resume development and job search, and provides access to the Pure Michigan Talent Connect (www.mitalent.org).