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Need a Summer Job? Consider Alternatives!

With teen unemployment at a high, it makes sense to take your destiny in your own hands and start a business.

This story appears in the July 2003 issue of Teen Startups.

(YoungBiz) - Can't find a summer job? You're not alone! Thousands of teens ages 16 to 19 who were planning to work this summer have found the doors to employment slammed shut in their faces due to the high competition for existing jobs and a slow economy.

Polls say that 80 percent of U.S. teens went out and applied for jobs, but nearly 25 percent of those still remain unemployed this summer. In fact, the teen unemployment rate is now more than three times higher than the overall U.S. jobless rate of 6.1 percent.

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