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Summer jobs may not come easy for college, high school students

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FLINT (WJRT) - (05/29/14) - Many high school and college students are looking for summer work as the school year is coming to an end, but they may have a tough time finding a job.

An economics professor from UM-Flint says a lot of high school and college students are going to have a tough time finding summer employment because they're competing with adults.

Looking for a summer job has been more like a job in itself for many college students we spoke with.

"With summer employment, I have been putting in different applications, but just waiting for calls, but I think that everybody should just keep trying," said Juliana Kinabo, a Mott Community College student.

Local economists say finding a job this summer in Michigan could be tougher this summer compared to last summer.
     
They say the number one reason is because of the minimum wage increase.
     
Gov. Snyder signed a bill into law this week to gradually increase the minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 by 2018.
     
Even though it doesn't kick in until the fall, some say that that could likely mean fewer jobs this summer.

"It's bad because when people not able to get jobs, they seek to other out sources and that out source might be a bad out source like stealing," said Ebony Campbell, an MCC student.

Some local companies are still looking for workers this summer. Two Men and a Truck is hiring.
     
The office at the Flint location on Miller Road is looking to hire about 10 drivers and movers and they're looking to hire close to 20 at their Waterford location.

"Summer is our busy time of year, so we are looking for movers and drivers because we do pick up a lot in the summer. It's great for like college students and stuff because we can work around schedules," said Trista Adkins.

The owner at the Dairy Queen on South Saginaw Street in Burton says although they have hired most of their workers for the summer, there are still a few positions available.

"I don't hire any kids unless they have a very high GPA, if they're involved in activities through their schools, through their church," said Dawn Davis.

Two Men and a Truck starts workers off between $9 and $11 hour. The manager of the Dairy Queen starts workers off with minimum wage.
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