Are fewer teens working summer jobs?

Monday, June 26th, 2017 - Jobs

Central Square, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – The number of teens working summer jobs is dropping, and government statistics show that trend is likely to continue over the next decade.

Gone are the days of summers in the lifeguard chair and the ice cream shop.

After high school, kids are heading off to college. Now, more than ever, reports say those students are choosing summer school, friends, and family, over having a summer job.

The number of working teens reached about 65% back in 1948, but has hovered around 40% in recent years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But, some students are still choosing to work. Most of those who work have one thing on their minds, “College is pretty expensive, and there’s things like books that scholarships don’t cover, and you have to get money so you can pay for stuff like that,” says 2017 graduate Heidi Boechtter.

“It will help me go and buy the books that I need, it will help me go and buy the food that I need, and buy anything else I might need in college,” adds classmate Eric Davis.

If you’re part of the reported minority that still wants to work this summer, Forbes says it’s a good market for job-seekers. Babysitting and being a camp counselor top the list for jobs highest in demand.

However, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics does predict that by the year 2024, the number of working teens will be just over 26 percent.

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