Teenagers can’t afford to have summer jobs anymore

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The days of teenage lifeguards, camp counselors, and cashiers might soon be over. In the US, the teen labor force participation rate is at an all-time low only one in three teenagers either have a job or intend to get one. By 2024, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that only one in four teens will actively seek work. Back in 2000, around half of 16 to 19-year-olds were working or looking for a job.

Teenage jobs are an iconic part of the American coming-of-age experience. They feature prominently in high school-centric flicks like Mean Girls, High School Musical 2, and Step Up. Even a recent show focused on bullying and mental health, 13 Reasons Why, set the main characters’ meet-cute behind a popcorn counter, where they both worked.

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