Last summer, Americans between the ages of 16 and 19 gained nearly 1. And in the coming months, Challenger expects that summer employment growth will remain stagnant for teens. See also: Move over, millennials — members of Generation Z are ready to work. Overall, far fewer teens are looking for work these days. Comparatively in , when the U.
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This is In Real Terms , a column analyzing the week in economic news. Ideas for future columns? Email me , or drop a note in the comments. But fewer young Americans are working summer jobs than in decades past, and fewer of those jobs are going to the teens who need them most. The improving job market is gradually beginning to benefit teens, who are often among the first to lose jobs during a recession and the last to find them in a recovery. During the recession, the share of Americans ages 16 to 19 working during the summer plummeted from 40 percent to less than 30 percent, a steeper drop than for the population at large.
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What, if anything, can parents of high-school-age children do to guide them toward their true professional calling? Some parents are apt to put pressure on their children about choosing a first career, thinking that it will determine the course of their lives. Yet as adults, we often reinvent ourselves more than once, moving among professions. Chansky, a child-and-adolescent psychologist in Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
The labor force participation and employment rates of young adults in the United States have declined sharply in recent years, especially among teenagers. The overall decline in the rate of labor force participation since the Great Recession has received a great deal of attention from researchers and policymakers, who focus in large part on trying to gauge whether this decline is permanent and what it implies about how tight the labor market is. However, the decline in labor force participation of young adults has been going on for much longer and does not coincide with swings in economic activity.