Local teens finding more summer jobs after Hurricane Michael

Published: Jun. 3, 2019 at 11:26 PM CDT
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Some teens say it's been easy to find a summer job this year.

"Basically, any job in town or out on the beach was open for anybody. They were hiring people on the spot," said Sarah Gautreaus.

Gautreaus said she was even able to pick up a second job.

"I don't have a day off this summer. I'm working seven days a week, every week," added Gautreaus.

Local teens say businesses were eager to hire people because most have been understaffed since Hurricane Michael.

"A lot of jobs have actually opened up because a lot of people had to move away because of the storm and it's just been a great opportunity this summer to go find jobs," said local teen Robbie Houston.

Some teens said they save the money for college, activities and more. Shipwreck Island General Manager Buddy Wilkes said the Panama City Beach business hires around 300 teens during the summer.

Wilkes said Shipwreck Island, like many others on the beach, rely on teen workers this time of year.

"We contact them throughout the year. We contact them at Christmas. We start contacting them early in the beginning of the year so we can we make sure that relationship is still strong," explained Wilkes.

Wilkes said the number of teens working at the park this year hasn't changed much from last year, though.

He said he hopes several other local businesses will benefit from all the extra help.

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