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The 2019 summer job market: Teen employment and internships

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Patrick DiDomenico

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Teen employment expected to rise in tight labor market

With the end of the school year fast approaching, many teenagers across the country are considering summer employment. While just 35% of teens aged 16-19 participated in the labor market last year, job opportunities could increase around 5% this year, predicts outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. The teen participation rate could rise as well, according the company’s annual outlook report.

Last summer saw 1,388,000 jobs gained by teens, 7.8% higher than the 1,288,000 jobs gained by teenagers in the summer of 2017. This was the highest number of teen jobs gained since 2012, when 1,397,000 jobs were added.

“Teens have not participated in the job market at the same rate they did since their peak work years in the 1970s. In fact, teen participation has dropped since the recovery in 2009, when 37.5% of teens were in the labor force,” said Andrew Challenger...(register to read more)

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