Teen employment is at a record low this year.
A recent federal report shows only 45% of sixteen to nineteen year olds will work this summer. But NewsChannel 10's Felicia Lafuente found out some local teens are hoping to buck that trend.
Seventeen year old Demetrius Justice has made several calls recently asking if businesses are hiring. This will be his second summer to work, but he is having some difficulties finding a job. "I've put in a lot of applications but haven't got many calls though," says Justice.
Sixteen year old Victor Harris is also facing the same problem. "Really hard, extremely hard," Harris says. But the two are not giving up and say they will continue to search for jobs.
"Dedication, get up early in the morning, find out where you want to work and put your application in," says Justice.