Report shows major decline in teenage summer employment

Fewer teens have summer jobs

So, when you were a teenager, did you have to work a summer job?

A lot of us did.

But a new study found that over the past couple of decades, the number of teenagers working summer jobs has dropped off dramatically.

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I'm still a youngster, who is still learning the ways on how the work first works out here for the civilian sector,” said Aldo Granados, looking for work at a job fair in Clearwater, Tuesday.

Granados, a student, was looking for a summer job.

He was, by far, one of the youngest faces in the crowd. He noticed it. And so did potential employers.

“I don't see as many myself. And those are some of the people were looking for,” said Bill Imeri, a recruiter with New York Life.

A new study from Careerbuilder which compiled recent labor statistics found that teenagers just aren't looking for summer jobs the way they used to.

In 1989 70% had work in the summer months. Last year, that number plummeted to just 43%.

“Maybe they just don't feel the same type of pressure,” said Jose Castanon, a recruiter with Arrow Sign Spinners.

“Different times, different attitudes, different personalities. Different people. Those times are gone, I guess,” said Imeri.

Now, before you go calling today’s teens lazy, you should know the same study found some other reasons behind those numbers.

While teenagers are working less, they are studying more. Four times as many teens go to summer school to earn college credits as did in the 1980’s.

Those credits, say, teens, can be more valuable than a minimum wage job will cover.

Young people and their parents are also interested in getting their kids volunteer work hours meant to impress college recruiters.

“So, it has to do with us thinking in the long run. How it's going to benefit us in the future. Not in the present, but in the future,” said Granados.

The study also found teens face increased competition from immigrants and older people staying in the workplace longer. And retirees getting back into the workplace, taking entry-level jobs young people used to.

“People have been through it. They know what it takes. The ups and the downs. The commitment. They have work ethics,” said Imeri.

Still, job prospects are a lot better than they were at the height of the recession when teenage unemployment hit 27%.

Today it's just over 14%.

And there's more encouraging news for teenagers who are trying to find work. The same study also found that 41% of employers were looking to hire seasonal workers this summer.

That's up from just 29% last year.
 

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