FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 30 percent of teenagers now hold jobs.

Around Fort Worth, there aren’t a lot of “Help Wanted” signs up.

Teen who are out there looking say it’s been brutal.

“It’s been kind of hard because there are other people my age also looking for a job,” says Marianne Linton.

Rebecca De Sousa can relate, “I’ve been trying to send emails.  There will be adults that know more than me and get the job.”

By now the students say they should have already found a job and landed a steady paycheck for at least the summer. The drop in the number of teens looking for a job is the lowest it has been since World War II.

“At least 30,” –– that’s how many jobs Candice Landreneau has been looking for this summer. “Nobody is hiring for part time work.”

Landreneau says she is not surprised that older workers and college graduates are snatching up the summer jobs. In fact, some like Christa Avery is are now competing with their parents.

“I know that my dad he lost his job so he has had a difficult time just as much as the younger people,” says Avery.