TRENDING: Fewer teens trying to find summer jobs

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(WTVR) — Many teenagers are headed for the couch this summer instead of the workforce.

In fact, data shows only about 40 percent of teens will have jobs this summer. That’s nearly half of the 70 percent of teens who had jobs in the 1970s, according to the New York Post.

It appears teenagers have a different attitude about work, saying part-time jobs are taken by adults who are feeding a families, and by college-grads paying student loans.

Many teens also said they are more focused on boosting their grades and extracurricular activities, so they can get into a good college, instead of earning extra cash.

Mary Kay Linge, a Staten Island mother, told the Post, that two of her three teens would likely be moping around the house this summer.

In years past, it was commonplace for teens to find a seasonal job once school wrapped up.

“When I was 15, my daughter Teresa’s age, I did office data entry; at 17, like my son Peter, I worked factory gigs soldering circuits and packaging computer floppy disks,” Linge wrote.

Her daughter’s response seems to sum up a new generation.

“I hear all the part-time jobs are taken by adults feeding families and college grads paying student loans,” Linge’s daughter told her mother. “Why would anyone hire an inexperienced teenager?”

What do you think? Are your kids looking for summer jobs? What was your first summer job? Weigh in on our Facebook post below. 


  • Mo Fiscal conservatism

    I can see both sides. Most of them are just working for play money. Focusing on school and extra curricularsis a smarter choice if you can. Although I do recommend they work at least part-time or seasonal in college. Even if they aren’t paying for themselves, it will help in more ways than one.
    I don’t think every college student needs a part-time job to learn any real lessons. Some do, but many know and that’s how they will be successful in school/the workforce. I think it just depends on the individual. I went to school with several people who didn’t work in school, but had the work ethic and are now very successful.
    On the other hand, I think too much free time can create laziness and bad habits, like video games. When I was in undergrad I didn’t work during school, but worked 2 jobs during the summer. 80 hours a week and just saved so I didn’t have to during school. That made my career afterwards less of a shock. Also gave me experience that I put on my resume. Even though the two jobs are unrelated, the work habits are always related.

    In closing, I just think it depends on the individual.

  • Reasonable Man

    This article epitomizes how my two children think. They have absolutely no desire to work. With their focus on on-line gaming with their friends, they need very little $$$ for leisure activities like I did when I was a kid (movies, bowling, rollerskating, fast food, etc.). We tell them we want them to work, and try to explain how good it will be for them to get the experience and fill out a resume, but they just don’t care. Personally I think it will hurt them in the long-run. This summer, if they don’t choose to try to find a job, we are going to shut off their internet in the house, by blocking their devices on the router. Extreme yes, but it is getting ridiculous how lame they are about working.

    • reeltime

      That is responsible parenting reasonable man. They will complain now but gain experiences that no device will give them. Just don’t go the easy way and cave.

  • Pluck

    I actually was approached by my then 15 yr old that he wanted to have a summer job for this year. At this point he is enrolled in the Mayor’s Youth Academy and will get the training and be hired by a company to work for a certain amount of time. He understands that Mom does not have “Jordan”money and I want him to learn the value of working. Children these days do not know fully what we as the parents went thru at their age back in the day.

  • Kathleen mosher

    My first summer job was at a pharmacy but I also worked for my father’s business bookkeeping. I am currently trying to find a summer job for my daughter and it has been difficult even locating an internship for her.

  • Glen Allen

    It is called a lack of ambition, lack of motivation, or just plain lazy. Time is money, make it while you can and bank it for later if you can. Many of the youth today lack the social skills to “go get’m”, they do fine on line in the privacy of the bedrooms, but do not have a clue how the working world exists. No, you can’t receive and send texts all day, no emails, no, you cannot stay on your cell phone, or take a million “selfies”, or play games.

    They should be able to work part-time jobs plus doing the extracurricular activities. The fact they think they have a choice tells you there is a problem. Yes, future employers will look at what college you went to, and what your grades were, but if you are unable to participate in a normal unrehearsed job interview conversation, you will not get the job.

  • amandan3kids

    They should at least look for a job. I understand that there are not many jobs but you never know until you try. Also whatever field of work they want to go into they should try to do some volunteer work towards that that. Sometimes you can get a job offer from volunteering it gives employer an insight into how would work.

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