CHICAGO (AP) — At least one age group apparently is faring better in the weak job market: teenagers.

Summer employment for teens is off to its strongest start since 2006, based on an analysis of the latest Labor Department figures by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

The number of 16- to 19-year-olds hired in May totaled 157,000. That was more than double the 71,000 jobs won by teens a year earlier.

The firm has forecast that 2012 will show continuing improvement for teens in the job market over 2011. Last year, employment among teens grew by 1,087,000, a 13 percent increase.

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