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Summer jobs, get 'em while it's still spring

Recession is not something teenagers typically think about. But if your son or daughter needs a summer job, they'd better start looking. UNCW freshman Teresa Walsh is close to landing a summer job. "I followed up on it and he said I'd most likely be getting a call in the near future but it's not one hundred percent yet," Walsh said. She's trying to be a summer camp counselor, a position she's been pursuing for months. "If you don't start early and you don't know somebody, then your chances of having a steady summer job are not that great," said Walsh. Especially now, when oil prices are up, home sales are down and the economy is in trouble. Experts say tough economic times mean employers are pinching pennies. "I have a lot of friends who haven't been able to start as early as I have and don't have a lot of job experience," Walsh said. "They're having a lot of trouble finding jobs." "A lot of businesses aren't going to be hiring because it does cost more to have someone train the new employees," said Andy Chatellier, who owns the Atlanta Bread franchise in Mayfaire. Chatellier often hires teens and says he's always looking for good people. Lately, he says he's been able to be more selective. "We can kind of sift through the applicants we have and kind of pick and chose whereas before you had to take what you got," he said. With that in mind, it may not be a bad idea to have a back-up plan. For a list of full and part-time job postings click here

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