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Amarillo Bucking National Teen Employment Trend

Ashley O'Dell, Assistant Service Manager at Market Street Ashley O'Dell, Assistant Service Manager at Market Street
Joshua Raef, owner/operator of Chick-Fil-A Joshua Raef, owner/operator of Chick-Fil-A
Andrew Hendricks, Sixteen-year-old Market Street employee Andrew Hendricks, Sixteen-year-old Market Street employee

Unemployment rates for teens this summer are expected to be the highest in more than fifty years across the nation. But with Amarillo's unemployment rate one of the lowest in the state of Texas, we wanted to find out from local businesses if teens are having that problem locally.

Local teens will be happy to hear that we are bucking the trend in the Panhandle. Whether it's flipping burgers, lifeguarding or bagging groceries, teens are in high demand this summer in Amarillo. For many teens across the country, the toughest job this summer is finding one. That's because the economy is hitting business hard and forcing many to cutbacks on workers.

In Amarillo, though, the businesses we talked to say bring on the teens. "We always have teens. We always have openings. We always try to include everybody. If we see someone who we think will do a good job we want them as part of our team," says Ashley O'Dell, the Assistant Service Manager at Market Street. "We're not cutting down on staff at all. We're gonna have full staff all summer long," says Yvette Flores, director at Premier Cinemas.

Joshua Raef, owner/operator of Chick-Fil-A at Westgate Mall, says "If anything we're looking for more and more outstanding performers to join our team because the Amarillo economy is doing so well." The economy may be doing well, but that doesn't mean gas prices still aren't hitting teen workers hard.

Sixteen-year-old Market Street employee Andrew Hendricks tells me he's feeling pains at the pump, and making changes at work because of it. "I ghave to make enough money to fill my gas tank and pay for insurance and stuff like that so I have to work overtime and I try to work as much as possible."

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