Finding a summer gig used to be as easy
as walkin’ down to the local ice cream parlor and filling out an
application. These days, however, applications are way up and the
number of folks hiring teens seasonally isn’t what we’d call
optimal. The result? A national teen unemployment rate of 24.2
percent, according to a recent study from the Employment Policies
. And that
number almost doubles for black teens.
Washington, D.C., boasts the highest
teen unemployment rate of 48.9 percent. Georgia, Washington State,
Nevada, California and North Carolina are the top-five states with
rates above 30 percent. Whoa!
So what’s a girl to do when she’s
looking for a li’l dough? Try starting her own biz, of course!
Check out GL’s babysitting 101 to get the goods on buffing
up your summer sitting jobs. Wanna strike out on your own? Get some
inspiration from our goal getters, check out our best tips
from teen entrepreneurs and
read our 15 ways to make major moolah this summer.