Omaha (KPTM) – The rate of teens looking for work across the country but who unable to find it is high. People ages 16-19, say it's not just competition with peers and older more qualified candidates, but just being able to get in touch with potential employers.
"The online applications, I don't think they get through to the people very well," said Chris Jundt. "When I do get interviews, half the time I don't hear back from employers."
19-year-old Jundt says he has applied to so many jobs that he has lost count.
"Mostly restaurant and service positions, things like that. Hotels, all of that, and I thought it was going well but it's been too long I've been out of work."
Some employers say that hiring market in the metro has slowed down recently.
"Today the job market is a lot tougher in Omaha," said Pat Tallon, regional manager of Fazoli's. "So we really have to get a lot of advertising to get the word out."
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the May teen unemployment rate to be 24.5 percent.
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