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June 2022: Youth Employment Month

WHEREAS, an estimated 239,000 Michigan youth, ages 16-19, are expected to participate in the state’s labor market this summer; and,

WHEREAS, the contributions of local businesses, educational institutions, government, and community groups are essential to promote and develop productive summer opportunities for youth; and,

WHEREAS, summer youth employment opportunities are offered by many Michigan industries including agriculture, amusement and recreation, hospitality, camping, retail, and food service; and,

WHEREAS, historically, during the month of June, we encourage Michigan employers to offer meaningful, safe, and valuable work and volunteer opportunities to our youth. We urge them to recognize that hiring young people, including those with disabilities, is an investment in the future of our state and nation; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity in partnership with the Michigan Works! network has resources for businesses, schools, and parents seeking information about legally and safely employing minors;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim June 2022 as Youth Employment Month in Michigan.