Entries in Summer Jobs (3)


Many Employers Looking to Hire this Summer, Survey Finds

Tim Boyle/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Looking for a summer job?  Well, there's good news for you.  A new report out Wednesday by says employers in many industries are boosting their hiring plans.

"We found that 29 percent of employers say that they plan to hire temporary positions for the summer, and that is the highest number we've seen since the recession began," says Michael Erwin with CareerBuilder.

"Surprising to us was manufacturing: 45 percent of employers said they're going to bring on summer hires this season," he adds.

And as Erwin explains, some of those seasonal jobs could turn into permanent positions.

"I find that manufacturers are looking to bring on temporary help and turn those into full time help," he says.

Hotels, restaurants and retailers also plan to add workers this summer.

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Obama: 'We Can't Wait' to Help Young People Get Summer Jobs

SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama will continue his campaign to bypass Congressional opposition to his jobs agenda on Thursday by announcing a new partnership aimed at helping a quarter of a million young people find summer jobs.

The initiative, part of Obama’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign, is intended to replace a youth jobs fund that would have been enacted had Congress passed the president’s $447 billion jobs bill.

“America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job.  It’s important for their future, and for America’s.  That’s why I proposed a summer jobs program for youth in the American Jobs Act – a plan that Congress failed to pass.  America’s youth can’t wait for Congress to act.  This is an all-hands-on-deck moment,” Obama said in a written statement.

The new partnership between the Federal government and the private sector commits to creating nearly 180,000 employment opportunities for low-income youth in the summer of 2012, with a goal of reaching 250,000 employment opportunities by the start of summer.

Republicans have pushed back against the announcement.

“Everyone agrees internships are a helpful tool for youth, particularly in this economy.  Yet rather than taking credit for programs that companies already had in place, a more constructive use of the White House’s time would be calling on Democratic leaders to act on the dozens of House-passed jobs bills still sitting idle in Democratic-run Senate,” a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.

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Teen Summer Employment Shows Improvement

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- An analysis of jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals that more teens found jobs this summer, according to global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  The firm's analysis showed summer (May through July) job gains among 16- to 19-year-olds of more than 13 percent from summer of last year, growing by a total of 1,087,000.  During summer 2011, jobs for teens grew by only 960,000 -- the fewest since 1949, Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports.

Still, labor data shows this year's net employment gains "failed to match the 1,163,000 teen jobs added in 2009 and the 1,154,000 in 2008."  Challenger, Gray & Christmas note this summer's gains were still "well below pre-recession levels when, from 2004 through 2007, teen employment grew by an average of 1,674,000 jobs between May and July."

Challenger, Gray & Christmas speculates teen hiring may have been stronger this summer had employers not cut back in hiring during July.  According to the jobs data, hiring in July was down from the same month in 2010.  But Challenger, Gray & Christmas says the drop-off in July may be linked to the government's prolonged debt debates last month.

"The drop-off in July employment gains among teens corresponded with a sudden increase in uncertainty about the strength of the economic recover and subsequent decline in consumer confidence, stemming in part from the protracted debate in Washington over raising the debt limit," said Challenger, Gray & Christmas CEO John A. Challenger.

"For business owners and store managers deciding whether to hire more workers in late June and early July, the growing uncertainty made the decision not to hire that much easier," he said.

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