Got a summer job? If so, you’re in the minority. According to a recent article by Slate Magazine, only 25% of teens have summer jobs this summer. (That’s compared to 45-60% of teens who had summer jobs in the 1950s – 1990s.)
So what gives? One possible explanation is that even though minimum wage has gone up in recent years, businesses hiring workers under 20 years old can get away with paying less if the teen is employed for under 90 days. So are many teens opting out because the pay is too low?
Maybe. But Slate Magazine suggests two more probable scenarios. One: More teenagers than ever are spending their summers enrolled in summer school (more than half of teens) or participating in college prep, test prep, and other related programs. Two: Jobs are harder for teens to score because of increased competition from older workers and immigrants.
Here’s how Slate sums it up:
Families are wealthier. College admissions are more competitive. Secondary education has become so expensive that few kids feel it is worth it to save up for it over the summer. Add it all up, and more kids study and fewer kids work during the hot summer months.
How about you? How are you spending your summer days?
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