The Summer Job

TEENS AND JOBS

If you’ve been hard on your teen already about not getting a Summer job it may not be their fault.

A new report says Summer jobs for teens are disappearing.

Check this out. Fewer than three in 10 American teenagers now hold jobs such as running cash registers, mowing lawns or busing restaurant tables from June to August.

The decline has been particularly sharp since 2000, with employment for 16-to-19-year olds falling to the lowest level since World War II.

And teen employment may never return to pre-recession levels, suggests a projection by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why can’t teens get hired?

Some say more youths are spending summer months in school, at music or learning camps or in other activities geared for college.

Plus, older workers are taking away lower-skill work as they struggle to find their own jobs in the weak economy.

Overall, more than 44 percent of teens who want summer jobs don't get them or work fewer hours than they prefer.