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May 10, 2011

Summer job market is cool once again

MANKATO — Again this year, the traditional summer jobs for youth scenario is catch as catch can.

“What we’re hearing anecdotally is that it’s just not easy,” said Minnesota State University Career Development Center Director Pam Weller-Dengel.

“We tell students, ‘You may have to compromise a bit because you may be lucky to find something. Perhaps you’ll have to lower your standards.’ ”

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development has put some recession-wracked numbers to what’s happening with the teen/college summer employment market.

Even jobs typically regarded as “default” positions — retail clerking, burger-flipping — have gotten tougher to nab due to competition from  older, more experienced workers affected by the tight job market in general.

For the full story, see Wednesday's print edition or e-edition.

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