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Highest Paid Part Time Jobs

January 14, 2012 by staff 

Highest Paid Part Time Jobs, The economic turmoil that has left many Americans without work is having a disproportionate effect on teenage job-seekers, whose quest for entry-level positions often pits them against experienced older workers willing to take any job for a paycheck.

U.S. labor figures show the 2011 unemployment rate nationwide averaged just below 9 percent, but for job-seekers ages 16 to 19, it was almost 25 percent — the third consecutive year in that range, and with some cities recording rates far higher.

Automation has also eliminated many of the after-school, weekend and summer jobs that had been the longtime domain of first-time workers as computerized equipment has helped companies trim positions in everything from local car washes to photocopy shops and supermarkets.

Participants discussing the trend at a forum Tuesday in Hartford say that it’s alarming, and that society suffers when an entire generation’s chance to learn valuable workplace skills are delayed or denied. On a personal level, it’s also a source of growing stress for teenagers who need jobs for experience, pocket money or to help their families.

“My mom doesn’t have a lot of money and what she does have, she spends on me and on my brother, so I really want to work and be able to help and take care of some things myself,” said Trisana Spence, 16, who moved last year from New York City’s Brooklyn borough to Hartford and hopes someday to become a lawyer.

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