Updated: 05/29/2014 5:56 AM
Created: 05/28/2014 5:24 PM KSTP.com
By: Jessica Miles
Eighty-nine-thousand Minnesota teens between the ages of 14 and 18 had summer jobs last year, according to officials. It may seem like a lot, but that's only half of all teenagers in the state.
KSTP stopped in at a job fair at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis.
Students were paired up with major companies in the metro, the money earned helps pay their school tuition. It gives them valuable experience in the workforce long before they get out of high school.
Unlike in years past, where higher unemployment meant teens were competing with adults for jobs, experts say this is a good time for teens.
"Overall the market has improved and I think teens will experience that, the teens who have started looking and the teens who will start looking once school is over," said Oriane Casale with the Department of Employment and Economic Development.
Minimum wage will go up in August, for most companies, to $8 an hour. Casale says that will have the biggest impact on teen workers.