Well 30 days into his 17th year, my son starts his first job! He is so excited and I am so proud. Granted, he never expected it would be so physically demanding. He is also missing sitting on the couch eating everything out of the refrigerator all afternoon long.
With how high our area unemployment rate, it is nothing short of a miracle he was able to find a job. In fact, in Florida the unemployment rate for young people 16 to 19 years of age is 28.6%*. In the United State, the unemployment rate for those with less than a high school diploma is 12.5% in April 2012. For reference sake, the Florida seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April 2012 was 8.7%. The seasonally adjusted national unemployment rate for April 2012 was 8.1%. Our area’s unemployment rate is 9.8%, significantly higher than both the state and national rate.
So how did he find it. He didn’t. I did. In comes the social networks. I check my Facebook page several times a day on my phone. One of the times I did that this past Monday, there was a posting from one of my FB Friends.
*** JOB OPENING!!! *** Looking for a car detailer/shop cleanup person. Ideal position for highschooler – summertime job. 20 – 30 hours a week. Possible learning opportunity as well. (learn how to do small combo work in the body shop – combo is small body repair & paint)
On his behalf, I responded right away and the rest, as they say, is history. If you have an out-of-work teenager who wants to work, I highly recommend using your social networks (online and the old fashion way, calling). It can change the game.
Now to find an inexpensive car on Facebook too! 😉
* Florida 2011 annual average unemployment rates from the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey
**Unemployment rates by educational attainment, April 2012 for the United States (seasonally adjusted, labor force members aged 25 and older):