Personal Finance: Hiring of teenagers heats up
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Petco needs dog grooming assistants. Sports Authority wants merchandise handlers. Jamba Juice can use some juicers. And RiteAid hopes to find a “wellness ambassador.”

From pet stores to pharmacies, the local job market for teens is warming up along with the weather.

And for teens thinking about a summer paycheck, now’s the time to pounce. Hiring is expected to be better than during the pits of the recession, and there’ll be less competition from jobless adults looking for part-time, seasonal work, say several hiring studies.

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“Companies are doing better and have more room to hire teens. It’s not a breakout year, but there’s steady improvement in the job market and teens will get their share of that,” said John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. in Chicago.

Challenger’s annual study of summer teen hiring, released this week, said there’s been a rebound from 2010, when teen hiring hit an all-time low of 960,000 – the lowest level since 1949. Last year, it was up 13.2 percent, as 1.08 million teens landed employment in May, June and July.

This summer? Challenger estimates 1.2 million teens could land a summer job.

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