flip flopsSummer’s officially here and if you have a teenager who’s just starting to look for a summer gig now, no worries there.

According to a report released by outplacement firm Challenger, Grey and Christmas,  “employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by 217,000 in May.”

In fact, they say teen employment will be strong throughout the summer. This bodes well for teens who need structure and need to simultaneously build a strong work ethic.

Included in the statistic mentioned above, there are currently 4,473,000 employed 16 to 19-year-olds as per data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. July usually marks the peak of teen employment and then it tapers off in August when students return to school.

Although parents of teens (and teens themselves) may feel discouraged like it’s too late to start pounding the pavement, au contraire says John A. Challenger, CEO of the firm, in a recent press release.

“While many summer jobs have already been filled, it is never too late to start or renew one’s job search. There usually is high turnover in the types of jobs occupied by teenagers.”
He adds, “Retail, restaurant service, amusement parks, etc., may continue hiring throughout the summer to replace people who quit or were let go for whatever reason. Do not be afraid to return to employers that may have already turned you down for a job in previous efforts.”