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Weak Jobs Report Setting Back Summer Workers

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Reporter: Rachel Schaerr | Videographer: Daniel Heffner

Lynchburg, VA - Employers are keeping a close eye on the bleak jobs report and for students looking for summer work, it couldn't come at a worse time.

Economists say they're seeing a trend. It's the third month in a row the number of new jobs has been lower than expected. And while it certainly will have political ramifications, students are worried they'll find themselves stuck without work.

After a series of set backs, Tyler Hortter, a new high school graduate, is turning to the professionals for help.

"I just filled out an application. So I guess I'm about to do an interview with them to see if they can find me a job," Hortter said from an office at Kelly Services.

The district manager of the temporary staffing agency says smart candidates should apply to as many jobs as possible.

Joe Turek, an economist at Lynchburg College, says last month's disappointing jobs report is a sign businesses are pulling back.

"If they don't know how the election's gonna play out, if they don't know what's gonna happen in Europe, they're going to be very, very reluctant to make commitments," Turek explained.

You won't find any openings at the Sweet Frog on Wards Road. The manager says their employees work in a rotation. So when college students leave for the summer, high schoolers take on additional shifts.

"To bring someone in for three months and having to re-train them is a lot of work," Aleta Robertson explained.

To find work, experts say you should offer to volunteer or be an unpaid intern.

The district manager of Kelly Services says it's also important to make sure technology is working for you, not against you.

"When I call someone back and music comes on, employers will probably hang up more than likely," said Mark Teske.

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