Looking south of the border, data was recently revealing that the number of employed teens in June (typically the peak of teen summer hiring) is down significantly from the teens who started working in June last year, and the fewest number since 2010.
It’s part of an ongoing trend. The number of teens with summer jobs has fallen roughly 30% since the late ‘70s. In 1978, nearly three in four teenagers (71.8%) ages 16 to 19 held a summer job, but as of last year, only about four in 10 teens did, according to data analyzed by outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. It’s been a steady decline, witnessed even during good times: During the dot-com boom in the late 1990s, when national unemployment was only about 4%, roughly six in 10 teens held summer jobs. Even recently, with the economy recovering, fewer teens opted for jobs.
What’s more, John Challenger, the CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, says this is a trend that will likely continue. “We’re in a different era,” he says. “Being a teen is different than it used to be.”