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Youth summer employment gets a 'C'

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KENNEWICK, Wash.—Less than a month of summer is left for many students, now some may be wondering, did I make enough for the school year? 

Fortunately, the Tri-Cities has been an area of promising job growth, which means more opportunities for seasonal and part-time jobs.  One strong local business is in food services, which typically is a top pick for many students.  In fact, 25% of food service employees are students, 15% of retail trade and 28% of agriculture.

"What we are seeing is that youth have a better chance, it's not a great chance to get a job compared to last year, but it's promising movement toward youth employment," says Ajsa Suljic, Local Labor Economist.

Youth take up about 2.8% of total employment in the Tri-Cities.  However, Suljic says it is difficult to predict whether or not that number will continue to grow next summer.