That first summer job is often a rite of passage for many teens. It's the signal that you're on your way to adulthood, and it's also a way to money to pay for activities, save for a car or put away cash for college. Some jobs will draw on skills you already have. Others may help you test out your ultimate career goals, especially jobs you get once you have a year or two of college under your belt. But you don't have to wait that long to start testing out the job market and even opening your first IRA. It's never too early to start considering the future.
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In 72 percent of teens had jobs. In that number was 43 percent. And when you ask about summer jobs specifically, the decline is even more precipitous. Pew recently found that just 35 percent of to year olds worked over the summer.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, close to a quarter of all U. Legislators are well aware of the hectic pace of adolescence, and most states place limits on the amount of hours teens can work, with 20 hours a week the standard limit. Despite the considerable evidence working over the 20 hour limit leads to slipping grades, increased dropout rates, and other behavioral problems, states like Missouri and Maine have recently introduced legislation that would repeal many child labor protections or increase the amount of hours teens are allowed to work. Research has consistently shown that working over the standard 20 hour a week limit negatively affects teens in a variety of ways:. Researchers from the University of Washington, the University of Virginia, and Temple University issued a recent report finding that working more than 20 hours a week during the school year leads to academic and behavior problems.
Data released Monday from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas reveals that fewer teens scored jobs this summer than last year: Employment among to year-olds grew by 1,, during May, June and July — those are peak summer hiring months — down 4. The number of teens with summer jobs has fallen roughly 30 percentage points since the late s. In , nearly three in four teenagers