While teen unemployment remained high in Minnesota in 2014 — at an average of 11.4 percent — it was much improved over recent years and prospects for summer jobs for teens should be better this year.
That’s the word from the state Department of Employment and Economic Development, which released the figures today. Some highlights:
- The average unemployment rate in 2014 of 11.4 percent for those 16 to 19 was down from over 20 percent during the height of the recession and down from the 16.7 percent in 2013.
- In 2014, about 122,000 teenagers were working in the state and another 16,000 were actively seeking work.
- The rate for Minnesota teens was sixth lowest nationally, behind Montana, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska.
- Minnesota has the seventh-highest labor force participation rate in the country for teenagers at 48.5 percent. Nationally, the teen labor force participation rate is about 33 percent.
Looking ahead to summer, prospects look good for teen jobs because of the improving economy and tighter labor market, said Oriane Casale of DEED’s Labor Market Information Office. She added:
With strong employment growth in both the retail and the accommodation and food service sectors in March, this might be a great summer for teens in Minnesota to get some work experience and earn their first paychecks.