From AP's weekly report on Watchdog Journalism
The Modesto (Calif.) Bee reports that fewer than 3 in 10 U.S. teenagers have jobs from June through August, the traditional summer season when students are off from school and available for work. The employment numbers have been declining since 2000 for youths ages 16 to 19, and are at their lowest levels since World War II, according to the U.S.Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, more than 44 percent of teens who want summer jobs don't get them or work fewer hours than they would prefer, according to Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies. In Stanislaus County, the unemployment rate was 15.6 percent in May. Employers are flooded with applications from people of all ages. Teens often find themselves competing for entry-level jobs with older, more experienced workers.