Teen employment on rise in La. - KLFY News 10

Teen employment on rise in La.

Teenage employment numbers are on the rise for the Pelican State this year. 

According to the Louisiana Workforce Commission teen employment—that's ages 14 to 17—saw a 5 percent increase from 2013 to 2014.

Chanda Moffett works with teens out of the Lafayette Career Solutions Center. She says they're still waiting on federal statistics for the Pelican State. 

But, here's a look at last year's numbers for Louisiana:

25 percent of teenagers—16 to 19 years of age—were employed; while 16 percent were unemployed.

Based on those numbers, she's cautiously optimistic about the numbers in 2014 and says there's no shortage for placement. 

"Parks and Recreation have the day camps for youth, so they hire a lot of the youth for those and also fast food restaurants," says Moffett. 

Moffett says teenagers themselves may account for some of the unemployment numbers. "A lot of businesses are saying the youth are unemployable, because they really aren't prepared for job seeking.

A lot of them don't know how to fill out an application, don't know how to dress properly for interviews and they don't have resumes created," says Moffett. 

Moffett says many businesses also offer on the job training and paid internships.
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