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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for teenagers as of April of 2012 is about 25%. As you can see below, teenagers have the highest rate by far:


One out of four teenagers is unable to find a job and that means it is even harder for 16 year olds. If you are sixteen, this is probably your first attempt at getting a job and so you don’t have any experience. In all likelihood, the unemployment rate for your age group is even higher than 25% because it is extra hard for you to find employers that are hiring teens with no experience.

It is a difficult predicament to be in and it is an eye opener for many of you into what the real world is like. Nothing about job hunting is fair and you just have to keep looking and asking around.

The best place to start online is a website called SnagAJob.com. They have real employers who have real jobs that teens can apply to. Whats more, these employers are usually national companies that you have heard of so they have job openings in many states.  


I wrote about most jobs not being fun but if you like animals, perhaps you can get a job you will love. Don’t limit yourself to the normal jobs in malls, fast food joints, and movie theaters. You don’t have to get something in customer service or behind the scenes in retail such as stocking shelves.

For animal lovers, think about working in veterinary clinics, pet stores, or rescue shelters for animals.

Lots of you enjoy being around animals and of all the jobs for 16 year olds you can get, anything involving pets and animals will probably be quite enjoyable. Pets are a joy to everyone and for teens who get along well with animals, a summer job that involves them would be perfect! If any of you hope someday to be veterinarians, this type of job would be a great place to start.

Store owners and people who hire at rescue shelters and veterinary clinics know that kids and animals get along great. That is why they may be more or at least as inclined to hire someone young as they would an adult.

If you can’t find a job in your area involving animals you can always try to drum up your own “clients” in your neighborhood. Dog walking is a service that some people will pay for and pet sitting is something that you can make money doing all year long. People take vacations all the time and would always rather keep their pets at home than take them to a shelter. By offering a reliable pet sitting service based on good referrals, a teen of almost any age can make good money throughout the year!