Big Demographic Shift: Teen Summer Work

Big Demographic Shift: Teen Summer Work

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With summer in full swing and very low unemployment you might expect to see many teens working summer jobs. Surprisingly, that is not the situation. Pew Research Center has noticed a very large demographic shift taking place among teen summer work. The traditional summer job is going away. Before 2000 more than half of all teens had summer jobs. Now it is about one-third. This past summer saw the first uptick in what has been a steady decline of teens working during the summer. It doesn’t appear to be the fault of this generation of teens. The answer why this is happening is complex and appears to be a combination of many societal changes including fewer retail jobs available, work is more complex, more teens attending summer school to get ahead, more teens doing unpaid community service and just more teens in the workforce. This pattern started with the 1999 – 2000 recession and grew with the Great Recession.