June 4, 2012 | last updated June 4, 2012 12:03 pm

Upbeat summer hiring outlook for U.S. teens

Teen summer employment got off to its strongest start in more than half a decade in May, with 160,000 16- to 19-year-olds finding jobs last month, authorities say.

The May teen hiring count more than doubled the 71,000 hired the same month last year and was the best since 2006, according to Chicago outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, citing U.S. Labor Department data.

Challenger Gray forecasts 2012 teen summer-job employment to be slightly better than 2011, when teen jobs grew 13 percent to 1.1 million.

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