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Job market still tough for Louisville area teens

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LOUISVILLE, KY (WDRB) -- The city of Louisville has begun the process of looking ahead to the summer months and helping teens find summer jobs.

The city will hold another job fair for teens next month.

It is the Mayor's Youth Opportunity Showcase on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the Kentucky International Convention Center.

It's still a difficult job market for teenagers.

"The number of jobs for teenagers is still not nearly the number of jobs those kids would like to have," said Executive Director for KentuckianaWorks, Michael Gritton. KentuckianaWorks is the local job training agency.

Gritton says national statistics show that only one in three teens who want to work this summer will be able to find a job.

"The number of teens working now, three years after the recession is over," said Gritton, "is the same as when the recession was at its bottom; that is how bad it is for teenagers. It is still a very bad market out there for them."

He went on to say that the reopening of Kentucky Kingdom this summer will mean more jobs will be available for kids around here, but it will still be a very challenging job market.

KentuckianaWorks is once again in planning, with the mayor's office, to produce the annual job fair for teens.

Last year, U of L junior Daniel Cockrell landed a summer job with the Louisville Metro Health Department.

"I really got a chance to get a feel for the public health field," said Cockrell, "and it actually propelled me in that direction."

Mayor Greg Fischer talked about how important the job fair will be in helping teens find jobs.

"The big key," said the mayor, "is that we want kids who don't have connections to get exposed to a world where they can get a job, and to see how much opportunity is out there, and hopefully find a mentor as well."

Teens between the ages of 16 and 21 who want to attend next month's job fair need to register by Feb. 12.

All they need to do is to go to and sign up.

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