By the end of this week high school students across Eastern Carolina will be out of classes for the summer and many of them are looking for jobs.
The outlook of them finding a job is not the greatest though according to James Kleckley, the director of the Bureau of Business Statistics at ECU. He says the east isn't much different from the rest of the country. He says we're not creating enough jobs -- nor fast enough.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says last July, the share of 16 to 24 year-olds employed was 48.8 percent -- the lowest July rate on record. Kleckley doesn't expect job seekers to find a lot of full time opportunities this summer. "I think a lot of the businesses are going to do it based on what they need, and in some cases it may be better for them to hire someone part time than full time -- it's really going to depend on the business--if you're at the right place at the right time.
Teens shouldn't give up though. Several businesses we spoke to in the Greenville area say they are hiring this summer.