Area teens still able to find jobs during school vacation

Brooke George stirs the popcorn at Capital 8 Theatres. A junior this fall at California High School, she is working at at the movie complex for a summer job.

Brooke George stirs the popcorn at Capital 8 Theatres. A junior this fall at California High School, she is working at at the movie complex for a summer job. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

Despite the unusually slow economic recovery and high rates of unemployment, a few local employers say their summer hiring levels have not been greatly changed by the economic downturn.

Though the national unemployment rate, as well as Missouri’s rate, has been hovering right around 9 percent, Cole County’s has been considerably lower at about 6 1/2 percent.

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Several area businesses, along with the Parks and Recreation Department, say their high school student employment levels are ....

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