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Nevada's teenage employment rate is just above the national average. But even teenagers here say finding work is getting harder and harder.

"I had a job," says UNR senior Heather Janssen. "And they fired me for someone with more experience. I mean I was the youngest one there. It was mostly middle-aged people."

"It's hard to compete freshly out of college when most employers really do want experience," added Tauli Anderson, another senior at UNR.

"This is the best of times for those of us with fast food restaurants," said Luther Mack a local entrepreneur who owns Fuddruckers at Legends and two Popeye's Chicken Restaurants.

"We are getting a lot of quality people. I mean, the higher the unemployment is, the higher the number of people are looking and it is good to be able to pick and choose from so many quality applicants."

Mack says that more and more middle-aged workers are looking for extra part-time shifts just to supplement their income and that's taking opportunities from younger workers.

"Really, both groups are good. The younger ones want to put gas in their cars and the older workers are supporting families. So it gives us a good mix. A lot of times the experience works out best, but to me it's really their work ethic. And that can be good in both age groups."

Mack says he expects the situation to change again after the holidays.

Written by Erin Breen  

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