Jobs for teens hard to find

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (AP) - The Indianapolis Star reports that employers are hiring more adults for jobs traditionally taken by teens as unemployment soars.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says teenage unemployment reached 21.6 percent in February, the highest it has been in 17 years.

Overall unemployment is 8.1 percent nationwide and 9.2 percent in Indiana. With layoffs up and jobs harder to find, more adults - whether laid-off workers or recent college graduates who can't find work in their chosen field - are going after what jobs are left. Employers are often hiring them instead of teenagers.

Dan Caras of Panera Bread on Indianapolis' north side says he's rather have a mature adult working than a teenager any day of the week, and with the current economy, he can be selective in his hiring.

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