St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A new report from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development shows the job prospects for Minnesota teenagers have improved considerably since the Great Recession.

The average unemployment rate among Minnesotans ages 16 to 19 years old dropped to 11.4-percent last year, which was the 6th lowest in the nation.

The average teenage jobless rate the previous year was 16.7-percent, while the teen unemployment rates during the recession years were over 20-percent. State statistics show there were about 122,000 teenagers in the workforce last year and another 16,000 were actively seeking work.

“Prospects for teenagers finding jobs this summer are better than in recent years, primarily because of an improving economy and tighter labor market,” said Oriane Casale of DEED’s Labor Market Information Office. “With strong employment growth in both the retail and the accommodation and food service sectors in March, this might be a great summer for teens in Minnesota to get some work experience and earn their first paychecks.”

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