2012-06-14 / Front Page

Summer jobs for teens are becoming thing of the past

By Erik Skindrud, Gazette Reporter

Emilie Jones is one of the lucky few.

The 16-year-old knows how hard it can be to find a summer job in Mariposa County. This spring, she filled out an application at Pioneer Market. When she didn’t hear back, she kept looking—eventually landing a lifeguard job with the county’s parks and recreation program.

“It was disappointing” when her first effort turned up blank, she said last week. “But I was glad to get this. This is a fun and enjoyable job.”

The county has a limited number of lifeguard and summer-aide positions, however.

As teens across the country are learning, efforts to find summer jobs are falling short more often than they succeed these days.

Read the full story in tomorrow's Mariposa Gazette.Summer work with the county’s parks and recreation program is one place where teens have found jobs this season. From left are lifeguards Emilie Jones, 16, Holly Gerken, 16, and Carissa Leonard, 17. (Erik Skindrud | The Gazette)Summer work with the county’s parks and recreation program is one place where teens have found jobs this season. From left are lifeguards Emilie Jones, 16, Holly Gerken, 16, and Carissa Leonard, 17. (Erik Skindrud | The Gazette)

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