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Teen Unemployment Continues to Rise

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PASCO, Wash--  The dog days of summer are proving extra hard for teens looking for work. 

We first introduced you to 17-year-old Todd Hoyt last month.  He's a recent high school grad looking for work before he heads off to college.  After a month and a half of searching, still no job. 

And he's not alone.  The latest numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics are alarming.  Teen unemployment is up to 24% across the country--that's close to triple the national unemployment rate. 

For Todd, it's a long waiting game.

"I'm just kind of waiting now," says Todd.  "I go out every now and then to look for more jobs, but I haven't gotten any luck."

Todd says it hasn't ruined his summer vacation, though.  He's found odd-jobs on the side.  He tells us he has friends in the same situation as he is. 

One study suggests the reason for such high teen unemployment is because of a struggling economy and the increase in federal minimum wage.