Analysts say teens entering the workforce over the summer will find themselves in a competitive market, but the majority will find work.
The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, on Monday, released its Summer Teen Employment Forecast for 2023.
They say Michigan’s labor market has continued to improve in the past year as unemployment approaches pre-pandemic levels.
Teens entering the labor force typically find work in seasonal industries that require larger staff levels during the summer months–Some of the most common areas of summer employment include food services, retail and the entertainment and recreation sectors.
Analysts say if the demand for workers stays at its current level, teenagers should not have much trouble finding jobs this summer.
Wayne Rourke, of the Michigan Center for Data and Analytics said “Michigan teens are forecasted to have low unemployment rates as they enter a favorable labor market,”
He said “Teen participation in the state’s workforce is expected to be similar to pre-pandemic levels this summer.”
Officials say the overall population of teens ages 16 to 19 has steadily declined over the past decade–meaning the number of teens available to work has also fallen.