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Are summer jobs a thing of the past?
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It used to be an American tradition. As soon as school let out for the summer, many teens put on their fast food uniform, grocery store apron, or hotel nametag. They went to work at a summer job. But the practice that seemed regular for people of the past is becoming a rarity. Summer jobs for teens are becoming a thing of the past. That is According to Pew Research.
 
Pew looked at the average employment rates of teenagers during summer months between 1948 and 2014. It found that the share of teens who get summer jobs has fallen a lot in recent decades. In 1974 and 1984, just over 55 percent of teens between the ages of 16 and 19 held jobs during July. That is when teen employment is usually the highest. But that number fell to just below 45 percent in 2004. And by 2014, things were even worse. Only 31.6 percent of teens were employed during the summer.
 
Pew said that younger teens are less likely to find a job. Twenty percent of 16- and 17-year-olds had jobs last summer. That is less than half the number who did 14 years ago. Eighteen- and 19-year-olds did better. Some 43.6 percent had jobs last summer. But that job rate was still nearly 20 percent lower than teens in the 2000's.
 
Why are kids not getting more work? It is tricky. Pew names falling youth jobs over time. But it also says that there are other issues like early school schedules. And the rise of unpaid summer internships might be to blame. The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not count unpaid internships as a job. So all the teens doing internships aren't being counted in these numbers. A poor job market could be to blame.
 
But not having a summer job does not just mean more time to hang out with friends. It can have real impacts on teens who do not get a chance to build their job skills. That is what Andrew Sum says. He is a youth employment expert at Northwestern University. He told the Pew Charitable Trusts' Christine Vestal in 2009 that for every year teens work, they can expect a 14- to 16-percent rise in their income during their twenties.

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Why are younger teens less likely to find summer jobs that older teens?
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  • madhur-was
    8/15/2015 - 06:38 a.m.

    Critical thinking challenge: Why are younger teens less likely to find summer jobs that older teens?

    Younger teens are less likely to find the summer jobs than the older teens for many reasons. One reason is that the the younger teens are less experienced in life and less knowledgeable than the older teens. Most of the jobs require wise and experienced people. The second reason is that many younger teens aren't willing to take summer jobs maybe because they need to do other things in which they have no time.There are many more reasons of why younger teens are less likely to get the jobs but these are the basic reasons.

  • faithg-1-gau
    8/15/2015 - 10:32 p.m.

    I think that younger teens are less busy getting ready for the adult world.

  • rowens-cel
    8/17/2015 - 10:42 a.m.

    I think younger teens are less likely to find jobs because it's much harder for them to do so compared to older teens. Most companies would hire a 19 year old over a 16 year old. Also, the 19 year old would probably want the job more as he needs spending money for college, while the 16 year old would not.

  • morgann-hol
    8/24/2015 - 12:15 p.m.

    I think this is article is very interesting. I think it's interesting because I thought is is new to have a job over the summer. I think it is new because not many teenagers have jobs. The best job I think for a teenager is a grocery store worker because you get to interact with people. That's why I think it is interesting.

  • John0724-YYCA
    8/25/2015 - 07:16 p.m.

    This is a really bad thing fr the teenagers because if the numbers of the teen getting summer jobs could be these reasons but I think the reason for me is because I think that they are becoming lazy. If you see teenagers you could see them listening to music and playing games on their phones on their sofa laying around. Also watching videos.

  • hannah-gau
    8/26/2015 - 01:59 p.m.

    Because they rely on their parents money a lot, and they know their parents are just going to support them anyways...

  • jordyn-gau
    8/26/2015 - 07:39 p.m.

    Younger teens are less likely to find a summer job than older teens because:
    - young teens these days rely too much on their parents to give them money and support them and costly pleasures and activities
    -young teens are also way more "hypnotized" by phones and social media. These teens become very lazy and rely on their cell phones. They won't try to find a job or really even look for one because they might be afraid that they will miss a Facebook post or an email.

  • gavin-gau
    8/26/2015 - 10:56 p.m.

    I believe that this is do to more and more men and women needing jobs so teens just cant be a priority...

  • graces-gau
    8/26/2015 - 11:23 p.m.

    Younger teens are less likely to find summer jobs because of how school starts earlier and older teens are not in school.Another reason older teens might be getting more jobs is because they would have more experience and job owners would most likely opt to hire an older rather than younger teen.

  • jeremiahc-gau
    8/26/2015 - 11:27 p.m.

    Older teens are more likely to get a job because they are older and wiser. Also, that's the age where most people graduate out of High school so they are going to find a way to get money. The younger teens care more about the person that just texted them than a job because they will still probably be used to there parents buying things for them.

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