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Teens Are Having a Hard Time Getting Summer Jobs
The Atlantic ^ | JUL 9 2014 | Joe Pinsker

Posted on 07/11/2014 12:10:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway

And, since working in the summer can predict future job prospects, that matters.

In light of a report from Bloomberg yesterday that drew attention to the remarkably generous wages picked up by the tech industry’s young summer interns—their monthly salaries can exceed the 2012 average for U.S. households by nearly $2,000—it’d be easy to make the mistake of thinking that the youth these days have it easy.

But today, Erin McCarthy of the Wall Street Journal posted about a discouraging report put out by Challenger, Gray & Christmas on teens’ summer employment: Hires of 16- to 19-year-olds in May and June dropped 12 percent in comparison to last year. The teen unemployment rate has been in decline in the past year, but this, according to the report, has mainly to do with teens who have dropped out of the job search in favor of less aggravating pursuits, like volunteer work, sports, and, presumably, hanging out.

This may not seem problematic, but recent research indicates that the summer unemployed might be losing ground to their working peers. A study out of the University of British Columbia published in the most recent issue of Research in the Sociology of Work found that teens who work evenings or summers are more likely to find better jobs and earn more money down the line.

The reason summer jobs can predict future success is that they allow teens to get acquainted with the working world and to expand their networks. Interestingly, it barely matters what the job consists of. Says UBC professor Marc-David Seidel, a co-author of the study, “Even flipping burgers has value—particularly if it leads to part-time work later during school."

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1 posted on 07/11/2014 12:10:27 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Anecdotal evidence is that people not born in this country are filling these types of jobs nowadays.


2 posted on 07/11/2014 12:11:24 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (s)
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To: nickcarraway

Why not import another 250,000 low-skilled, uneducated manual laborers from Central America in the next 6 months?

How could that possibly effect job opportunities for low-skill, young, or low-educated American workers?


3 posted on 07/11/2014 12:12:18 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: nickcarraway

Is this actually “teens” as in young people 13-19,

or is it the “teens” that the media uses to cover up an uncomfortably truth?


4 posted on 07/11/2014 12:12:41 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Take a look at black teen unemployment. Do you think Chicago’s murder rate has anything to do with youth not being able to find jobs?

Now, Obama and the Democrats have invited even more job competition for those kids.


5 posted on 07/11/2014 12:13:24 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: PGR88

It certainly encourages the teens to look to the government for some sort of support. Which seems to be the whole idea.


6 posted on 07/11/2014 12:19:02 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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To: nickcarraway

Raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour,

No one should be allowed to work and get paid unless they can paid $15 or more.

As Pelosi said “Unemployment is leisure time’

How about those illegals hanging outside of Walmarts


7 posted on 07/11/2014 12:21:46 PM PDT by sickoflibs (King Obama : 'The debate is over. The time for talk is over. Just follow my commands you serfs""')
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To: nickcarraway

Is this from the Onion? Or do I post a duh?


8 posted on 07/11/2014 12:23:34 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: nickcarraway

Well, there is an ironic upside to teens not being able to find employment. When their parents fill out the Fafsa government financial form when these students are ready to apply for college, the money these students did not earn can’t be held against them.


9 posted on 07/11/2014 12:24:14 PM PDT by rusty schucklefurd
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To: nickcarraway

There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues.


10 posted on 07/11/2014 12:26:23 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: nickcarraway

My 18yo has applied every summer since he was 16, and he never heard back from anyone. He followed up with phone calls, but the companies would say: Don’t call us. We’ll call you if we’re interested.

He’s a smart kid. But summer positions are just few and far between. It seems teens who get summer jobs either personally know the employer who’s hiring, or they already have work experience, or they just apply very early - like in late winter/early spring.

Incidentally, companies are asking strange questions on applications nowadays.


11 posted on 07/11/2014 12:29:42 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

Saw help wanted signs in Pizza Hut and Now Hiring signs at Wal Mart today-a small city in Down East Maine.


12 posted on 07/11/2014 12:37:40 PM PDT by Maine Mariner
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To: Tired of Taxes

I think it depends on the area. DH told DD he’d get her a car once she got her drivers license and a job.

She got her license on a Friday and got a job flipping burgers the following Monday.

We’re teasing DH about it.

She hates her job but is going anyway. Welcome to the real world, sweetie.


13 posted on 07/11/2014 12:43:40 PM PDT by Cloverfarm
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To: sickoflibs

Lets see...take a $5.00 per hour worker and then pay this worker $15.00 per hour...know what you got...a $5.00 per hour worker with no real skills getting $15.00 per hour!


14 posted on 07/11/2014 12:44:46 PM PDT by tiger63
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To: Tired of Taxes

Incidentally, companies are asking strange questions on applications nowadays.


Such as “Do you own a gun?”?


15 posted on 07/11/2014 12:46:26 PM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

The Great Outdoors (sandwich shop) is lookin for help in Richardson, TX.


16 posted on 07/11/2014 12:47:18 PM PDT by DallasDeb (usafa06mom)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe the kids could create themselves a job. Yard work or house cleaning or something. I did yard work till I was almost 17 and joined the work force; a janitor at an auto plant till I graduated high school and then went to work as a cartographic draftsman to get on with college. That was in the early 80s. Different world then I guess.


17 posted on 07/11/2014 12:52:20 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Anecdotal evidence is that people not born in this country are filling these types of jobs nowadays.

Summer jobs just aren't being offered. Expense higher than value delivered, liability issues, and the general failure of public education to prepare students to do anything practical simply make the hiring of teen workers a poor management decision, in these times.

18 posted on 07/11/2014 12:52:27 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ([CTRL-GALT-DELETE])
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To: PGR88

“Why not import another 250,000 low-skilled, uneducated manual laborers from Central America in the next 6 months? How could that possibly effect job opportunities for low-skill, young, or low-educated American workers?”

Summer jobs began to get hard to find in SoCal as early as the 1970s and that’s because employers were already hiring illegal aliens instead.

Hiring illegals off the books was cheaper and easier in the short run. In the long run SoCal became colonized by Mexico.

And now the Dems and the GOPe are competing with each other to see who can give away the rest of the USA.

You better learn Spanish.


19 posted on 07/11/2014 12:52:30 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: The KG9 Kid

I see what you did there..


20 posted on 07/11/2014 12:53:08 PM PDT by Pelham (California, what happens when you won't deport illegals)
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To: nickcarraway
It is down to this, the most important thing a child can learn in school is spanish. That way the employer has to figure out where you are from. Either that or you start out in management.
21 posted on 07/11/2014 12:53:38 PM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: laplata

I can’t remember the exact questions. I can’t remember if gun ownership was one of them, but it might’ve been. I should revisit those applications and post some of the questions here, if I find the chance.


22 posted on 07/11/2014 1:04:38 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: nickcarraway

Time to lower the age for Welfare and Food Stamps to 13. Get them used to living off the public teat early!!


23 posted on 07/11/2014 1:06:11 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Maine Mariner; Cloverfarm

I think having a job is important for a teen to learn to manage money, etc. There are help wanted signs where we live, too. But, I guess there are more people applying for the jobs than there are jobs. Plus, most companies are looking for permanent employees - not seasonal.

That’s OK, though. It’s all worked out in the end - my son studied hard and received a nice merit scholarship that is more than he would’ve ever earned at a summer job, anyway. He’s headed off to college and hoping to get a paying job there.


24 posted on 07/11/2014 1:08:46 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: DonaldC

Yard work?

I cant get one kid in this neighborhood to rake my leaves

Not for anything


25 posted on 07/11/2014 1:14:04 PM PDT by stanne
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To: DonaldC

Maybe the kids could create themselves a job.


The sad fact is you and I can’t afford the risk of hiring anyone like that. There are too many labor laws and liability issues.............................


26 posted on 07/11/2014 1:18:25 PM PDT by PeterPrinciple (Where is your thinking cap? The one you were issued in elementary school.)
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To: PeterPrinciple

That is truly sad.


27 posted on 07/11/2014 1:22:16 PM PDT by DonaldC (A nation cannot stand in the absence of religious principle.)
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To: nickcarraway

All they have to do is LIE and tell them they are an ADULT ILLEGAL ALIEN like everyone else here, hired on the spot


28 posted on 07/11/2014 2:32:20 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Pelham

“I’d like to help you son but you’re too young to vote”.


29 posted on 07/11/2014 2:49:24 PM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: nickcarraway

Not in San Antonio, Texas. Plenty of help wanted.

In California, people are fighting over Starbuck’s jobs.


30 posted on 07/11/2014 6:45:16 PM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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