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More Colorado teens finding jobs

Published: June 9, 2014, 5:13 pm, by Wayne Heilman

The job market for Colorado’s teens is improving for the first time in several years, according to the latest numbers from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.

Job seekers 16-19 years old have seen employment levels increase in the past year. In the 12 months from May 2012 to April 2013, 29.4 percent of teens had jobs. The percentage employed increased to 32 percent for the 12 months from May 2013 through April 2014, the latest data available.

Based on that improvement and current job market conditions, department economists are cautiously optimistic about the summer outlook for teens seeking part- and full-time work. Teens seeking help in finding a summer job can get assistance through the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt or the Pikes Peak Workforce Centers’ Youth Zone.