WJR Business Beat: Michigan Youth Summer Employment Expected To Be Strong (Episode 413)

The demand for workers is high, Jeff Sloan says in today’s Business Beat. Michigan can expect high participation and low unemployment for teenagers compared to previous summers.

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Good morning, Paul!

Hot off the presses. If you’re a teen looking for summer work, or if you’re a business that is seeking someone to hire this summer, the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget just released its summer employment forecast for this coming summer. Now mirroring much of the broader labor market conditions, demand for hiring remains high and opportunities are as well as the Michigan labor market continues to recover from the impacts of the pandemic. The demand for workers remains high.

Therefore, teams in search of jobs will enter a favorable labor market as they look to find positions this summer. Entry-level positions requiring little experience or training are among those that have strong demand for workers and the trend is expected to continue into the summer months providing a favorable environment.

An additional 35 to 40,000 teenagers are forecasted to join Michigan’s workforce this summer, says Wayne Rourke, associate director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information in Strategic Initiatives. He says if the current demand for workers remains strong, many of these teens will find a job in the summer of 2022. Michigan can expect high participation and low unemployment for teenagers compared to previous summers.

So if you’re a teen looking for work, you’re encouraged to contact your local Michigan Works! office. Michigan Works! provides assistance and resume development and job search, including access to Pure Michigan Talent Connect, and also offers tips on applying to your first job. And if you’re an employer looking to hire young workers this summer, you can find more information on youth employment by visiting michigan.gov/wagehour.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of startupnation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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