Study shows Washington's ranks high in teen unemployment
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Bad news for teenage job seekers in Washington.
The state ranks fourth in the nation in unemployment for young people according to a study by the census bureau.
The study shows Washington has a 29% unemployment rate. Some teens and employment counselors we spoke to say lack of resources such as a car and factors like lack of experience are contributors to the high number of unemployed.
But counselors like Kayci Loftus of WorkSource Columbia Basin, add this is a problem that impacts all teens, "it really varies, we got the highly motivated teens that are having challenges and finding work and then the unmotivated teens, so it's kind of across the board."
Counselors add the cause for high teen unemployment is caused my layoffs at places like Hanford where skilled and older workers are taking jobs normally held by teens.
Financial advisors advise teens to prepare a budget for themselves so they don't dig themselves into debt.