The Jobs Of Summer

Andrew Sullivan —  May 2 2012 @ 10:00am

Are getting harder to find for teens:

In 2010, the latest year for which numbers are available, less than half of the nation’s youth (16–24) were employed during the month of July, traditionally the peak of summer employment, the lowest percentage since the Bureau of Labor Statistics started collecting data in 1948 and almost 20 percentage points lower than the peak in 1989. There’s little indication of that number improving. Teenagers and twentysomethings are the least skilled and most expendable members of the work force, so it’s not surprising that they would be edged out in a recession by more reliable full-time workers such as senior citizens, immigrants, and other adults who need those jobs.