DALLAS (KRLD) — As the summer break approaches, many teens will begin looking for work. But finding a job can be tricky.

A 2012 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the number of 16-to 19-year-olds employed or searching for work last year skyrocketed between April and July, increasing by almost 2 million workers for a total of more than 7.3 million in July.

The Texas Workforce Commission also reminds parents and teens to familiarize themselves with state and federal child labor laws, just to be safe.

“I urge teenagers, parents and employers to educate themselves on the child labor laws designed to protect our children,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton in a statement. “Safety should always be the most important factor as Texas youths join the workforce.”

The laws apply to different age groups for different jobs. For example, children as young as 11 are allowed to deliver newspapers on established routes. Visit the Texas Workforce website for more info.

Teens interested in job-search assistance can contact their local Workforce Solutions at WorkInTexas.com. Students can also explore their interests and job availability in certain areas at TexasRealityCheck.com.

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