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Teens should try temp work instead of settling for typical jobs

Posted on May 14th, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. economy added 244,000 jobs in April. However, a majority of those additions were in low-wage work environments, The Huffington Post reports.

The news source adds that nearly a quarter of new jobs were in the retail sector, where the average hourly rate as of last year was $9.03 – barely one dollar over current minimum wage.

Last month, McDonalds' across the country held a National Hiring Day. Over 200 applicants from various backgrounds showed up at a Rancho Santa Margarita, California establishment, which was looking to hire 25 workers.

Many applicants had been unemployed since the start of the recession.

KTLU-TV adds that in northeast Oklahoma, nearly 4,000 jobs are predicted to be available for teens searching for summer jobs. And while fast food chains provide trusty summer employment, right now, temporary agencies are hiring more seasonal and part-time workers, Bob Ball of the Tulsa, Oklahoma Metro Chamber, told the media outlet.

Ball adds that some students coming out of school may want to consider becoming a temporary worker at a manufacturing or construction company, as both industries are adding positions nationwide.

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