Last month in May (according to the Labor Department) the unemployment rate for teenagers 16 to 19 years old was more than 24%! That's way up from last year at this time when the rate was about 13%. Things have gotten worse with the economy and teenagers are really being affected.
A 24% unemployment rate means that 1 person out of every 4 people can't find work. It is actually probably even higher than that though, as many teens aren't bothering to look because they don't think they can find anything. If they aren't looking then they are not being counted in the statistics.
If you are out looking for any kind of jobs for 17 year olds, you have probably heard this standard line from employers: we aren't hiring, just taking applications. You give them your application but in your heart you know that you will never be called.
Going from shop to shop, business to business, employer to employer, handing out your resume has to be one of the worst feelings ever! It is one of hopelessness, especially now when you know that your chances are so slim.
Make sure you are taking advantage of online job sites like Snagajob where you can find employers that are hiring in your city or town and in many cases apply online. With an unemployment rate this high for teenagers, you have to take advantage of every resource you have both online and offline to find a job. Make sure you also ask your parents for any help and advice they can give you because sometimes they will have connections through friends at their work who know of opportunities.