Teen job seekers face competition for summer work

Jennifer Honeycutt wants a summer job that she hopes will turn into a permanent one, but the 17-year-old hasn't been able to snag a position despite months of searching.

Not that she's giving up. The recent graduate of Endeavor High School in Ceres went to a job fair in Turlock this week looking for opportunities.

"Everyone is looking for a job," Jennifer said. "It's even harder for kids because employers want a year or two of experience, but right now we don't have the opportunity to get that experience."

Teenagers in the Northern San Joaquin Valley and throughout the nation are finding summer jobs scarcer this year as the economy slows amid rising oil prices, the housing crunch and tight credit.

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