Fewer summer jobs for youth

By Matt Porter

The unemployment rate is 20 percent for 16 to 24-year-olds, the highest it's ever been.

May 20, 2013 Updated May 20, 2013 at 10:17 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The unemployment rate is 20 percent for 16- to 24-year-olds, the highest it's ever been.

Summer jobs for teens are often seasonal and include working retail, food service, or for their respective cities and towns.

Broome County hired 90 young workers this year, 80 of whom will work at the Parks, Recreation, and Youth Services Department.

Director Arthur Garrison said although he's had to reduce his workforce in the past few years, he depends on his enthusiastic young workers as they depend on him.

"A lot of kids especially during college where they're between years, really need something during the summer to make some money," Garrison said. "It's a great job for them plus it's a wonderful learning experience because they get to deal with the public and that interaction is a great experience for them."

Garrison employs students to help as lifeguards, seasonal maintenance and to help with concession stands.

Brooke Personius has worked in the parks department for five years.

In 2010, she helped save the life of a boy who had a seizure while in the water.

The boy was rescued by one student lifeguard at Nathaniel Cole Park, Personius and another life guard helped administer CPR on site.

"I think it's important to have a job over the summer," Personius said, "Because you're interacting with different people instead of the same environment. It's important to get out there and see the world."

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