The Labor Department recently reported that the unemployment rate for teens, age 16 to 19 in May 2011, was more than 24%. In May of 2000 the unemployment rate was less than 13%. Some states are naturally hit harder than others. In California for example the unemployment rate among teenagers is more than 34%. The unemployment rate among teens in California is nearly triple the state's overall unemployment rate of 12%.
Although the summer break for teenagers is relatively short, it could feel a lot longer and hotter without a job for the summer.