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More than seven in 10 US teens jobless in summer

3 years ago June 12, 2012 Jun 12, 2012 Tuesday, June 12 2012 Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:47:32 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Once a rite of passage to adulthood, summer jobs for teens are disappearing.

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. Employment for 16-to-19-year olds has fallen to the lowest level since World War II.

It's partly a cultural shift. More youths are spending summer months in school, at camps or in other activities geared for college. But for others, older workers, immigrants and debt-laden college graduates are taking away lower-skill work.

The figures are based on an analysis of federal data by Northeastern University's Center for Labor Market Studies. They are supplemented with research from Federal Reserve economists, as well as interviews with Challenger, Gray & Christmas, a national job placement firm.

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