Tough Summer For Teens Looking For Work

Experts predict teenagers looking for a summer job may have a hard time getting one, but that's not necessarily the case in some Eastern Carolina locations.

A report from the Center for Labor Market studies at Boston University says a sluggish job market and lack of federal summer work money will lower the expectations on summer employment

But here the east, some businesses are looking to hire teens.

At MacDaddy's in Cape Carteret in Carteret County, they want to add 12 people to their staff. At Emerald Grill, there is a help wanted sign for three vacant positions.

Many we spoke to say this is the time of year they look to hire teens because they are looking for seasonal workers and teens are usually looking for seasonal opportunities.

Business owners say teens looking for work just need to get out and fill out applications.

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  • by Me on May 4, 2011 at 09:56 AM
    Some of you are right. I think most teenagers today are lazy, & don't like getting out in the sun. But I also think that is the fault of us parents. I'm making mine go job hunting right now to hopefully already have a summer job when summer gets here. Wish us luck!!!!
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on May 4, 2011 at 08:40 AM
    First, no one owes you anything, second, you don't deserve a check until you earn it. Wellcome to life and the real world.
  • by Really? Location: DC on May 4, 2011 at 06:09 AM
    I had a mowing business every summer for 4-5 years and made enough money to not need to rely on my parents. Of course that involved me being outside in that thing called sun light, so I know that is not appealing to many people.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 04:58 AM
    Plenty of farmers hiring to work in the tobacco and potato fields.
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      by tiger on May 4, 2011 at 05:50 AM in reply to
      kinda same thing for me. we are moving and if they take 100 of rent i work in the stables and work with the horses
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      by Mike on May 4, 2011 at 06:44 AM in reply to
      .... but they better be able to speak Spanish.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 04:26 AM
    Maybe if our kids had better social skills and worked harder they would be hired first.
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      by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 06:12 AM in reply to
      I'm the one who wrote about the Outer Banks. You have a point. It does seem a lot of US kids are just plain lazy and want it all handed to them. Not all, but a large portion.
  • by Anonymous on May 4, 2011 at 03:40 AM
    On the Outer Banks it seems like Russian or Polish student's work in all the store's. Not sure how I feel about that since so many of NC people are out of work or can't find work. One told me last summer they can come here and earn enough money over the summer to pay for a year of college at home.
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      by Mike on May 4, 2011 at 06:46 AM in reply to
      .... AND they are documented, legally.

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