PORTLAND -- Oregon schools are wrapping up the school year, and students may have a particularly difficult time finding summer jobs.
A new survey named Oregon as the eighth worst state in the country for teenage unemployment.
The survey, by the Employment Policies Institute, said one of the reasons for the high rate of unemployment is that employers are hiring people with more experience.
“It’s still a tough economy and businesses would rather hire someone who has a track record,” said Christian Kaylor, an economist at Worksource Oregon. “Teenagers simply don’t have that."
Jobs available to teens include ones in retail, hospitality and restaurants. Burgerville is one of the state’s top employers for teens, with the young workers making up more than 27 percent of its workforce.
Oregon’s teen unemployment rate is nearly 27 percent, more than three times the state’s overall unemployment rate.