State officials say even though conditions are improving it's going to be another tough year for teenagers to find a summer job in Michigan.
The Department of Technology, Management & Budget says the teen jobless rate this summer is expected to be 26-point-five percent.
That's a 0.6 percentage point decline from last summer and down eight-and-a-half percent from the all-time high of 35 percent in 2010. Even with this slight improvement in the teen jobless rate, the number of unemployed teens is expected to be about 64,300.
Teen labor force participation in Michigan has steadily declined from 66.1 percent in 2001 to 46 percent in 2013.
Officials say during June, July and August approximately 242,800 teens are projected to be active in the labor market, and approximately 178,400 are expected to find jobs.
State officials say as in previous years, teens will likely face the traditional competition from their peers as well as additional competition from adults for available jobs.
They add that if teens start looking early and remain persistent, their chances of getting summer jobs can improve.