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.