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CNN Money: Summer hiring is expected to rise sharply

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The dreary employment numbers announced last week masked one scrap of good news for job-seeking teens (and their parents): The number of companies looking to bring on extra help for the summer has risen sharply over last year, and average pay for these positions, at $11.50 an hour (up from $10.90 in 2012), is at its highest point in six years.

So says the latest annual survey of summer hiring from Snagajob, a job site for hourly workers which posts openings at hundreds of companies, including Home Depot (HD), Dunkin Donuts (DNKN), Marshalls (TJX), Pizza Hut (YUM), and Toys R Us. The number of hiring managers who don’t plan to add any summer staff has dropped from 45% to 31%, according to the poll of about 1,000 employers, and those expanding their summer payrolls plan to add an average of 30 seasonal workers, up from 27 last year.

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Courtney Moyer is a content producer at Snagajob. When she’s not creating content for employers, she can be found painting anything that stands still, pretending she’s the next Food Network Star, or spending QT with her husband and Abraham Lincoln – the dog, not the president.