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.