KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- This year is shaping up to be a tough one for teens looking for summer employment, and according to a report by the federal government, it doesn't look like it will be getting better any time soon.
According to the report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, seven out of 10 teens looking for summer employment are unable to find it, or are working far fewer hours than they want - the lowest level since World War II.
The report indicates that the decline is partially due to more teens spending their summer months in school or in other activities geared towards college, but it is also due to older workers and new college graduates taking low-skill positions like running a cash register or mowing lawns as they struggle to find higher-paying jobs in a weak economy.
According to researchers, it doesn't appear that the job prospects for teens will ever rebound to pre-recession levels.
The report shows that upper-income white teens are three times more likely to have summer jobs than lower-income African-American teens, with 44 percent of all teens who are looking for summer work being unable to find it.
According to the report, Arizona leads the nation in unemployed teens, followed by California, Washington, Florida and Tennessee; while Wyoming leads the nation in teen employment, followed by North Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, South Dakota and Kansas.