Tayshia Holmes-Maxwell, 16, works 20 hours a week for minimum wage, doing clerical work in a Cambridge city office. Her weekly pay is just $160, but Holmes-Maxwell, who will be a junior at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in the fall, is among the lucky ones who have managed to find work in a summer job market that remains exceedingly tough for teens.
After a burst of hiring in May, teenage employment has stalled this summer, despite earlier hopes that an improving economy would mean more opportunities for teens to gain work experience and earn money to help families, save for college, or both. Nationally, fewer teens were working in July than a year ago, and the teen unemployment rate, 23.7 percent, was essentially unchanged from a year ago. The overall US unemployment rate was 7.4 percent last month.