According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly one-third of American teenagers aged 16 to 19 are employed. Employment Landscape Leaves Teens With Many Summer Job Opportunities
You’ve probably spotted the lingering “help wanted” banners if you’ve recently visited a restaurant or a salon.
“If we don’t receive enough (employees), we usually have a contingency plan where we operate on weekends or for shorter hours throughout the week, so we can still open but with very restricted hours,” said Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation’s Josh Reusser.
The Parks and Recreation Department in Salt Lake City is looking for lifeguards, a summer position that is normally filled by teenagers.
Employers around the country are in need of assistance and are willing to pay for it. A job posting in Charlottesville, Virginia, offers $15 per hour for a summer lifeguard position.
TeenLife CEO Marie Schwartz stated, “Kids have lost two years of maturity.”
During the pandemic, teen summer employment hit a new low, according to Marie Schwartz, who manages TeenLife Media, a national online directory of enrichment programs and events for teens in grades 7 through 12. Schwartz believes it is necessary for this age group to catch up on critical life experience two years later.
“I believe that occupations are incredibly valuable; nothing compares to receiving a paycheck. Working as a lifeguard, at a supermarket, restaurant, or snack bar, and other employment involving the public, I believe, are the most valuable jobs for youths “Schwartz stated.
In addition to obtaining a summer job, Schwartz believes that participating in an activity or program is a terrific method for teenagers to socialize with their classmates and develop new relationships. TeenLife now has over 4,000 summer programs listed, including hundreds of free ones in a variety of subjects.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly one-third of American teenagers aged 16 to 19 are employed. According to the latest recent statistics, unemployment in the age bracket was 10.2% in April. Last April, a record-breaking 4 million people abandoned their employment, and youths who were willing to work became in great demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 16 to 19-year-olds were hired more than any other age group that month. That momentum is still running strong this summer, thanks to a tight labor market and rising hourly pay.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams remarked, “We are reiterating our commitment to our young people in the city of New York.”
The mayor of New York City announced a record 100,000 summer youth job openings. Summer internships, employment, and programs are also being promoted by the mayors of Atlanta, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago to keep youngsters occupied and prepare them for future success.
“And that is the task I am giving my city agencies: you do internship programs, and I want to step inside and meet my city’s youth,” Adams added.
Parents, according to Schwartz, are also responsible for getting their children involved this summer.
“All you have to do is involve them in the decision and say, well, look at three jobs on this website or three programs on TeenLife and then we’ll speak about it,” Schwartz said.