Is your usual summer gig at a local restaurant or store in the mall suddenly gone? You're not alone.
Teens across the country are struggling to earn a few extra bucks for spending money. Take North Carolina for instance. In June 2008, 83,098 teens had work permits, according to the N.C. Department of Labor. Last month, that was down to just 32,574 for the year so far.
It's not just you getting crushed by the economy -- North Carolina's unemployment rate is at a painful 10.8 percent. As a result, more experienced people are working many jobs usually filled by teens just so they can have a paycheck.
"We can say maybe employers are hiring older workers and not needing the teen workers," says Neal O'Bryant, spokesman for the state labor department.
Are you or your friends looking for a summer job? Here are our tips for beating the competition.