In the Summer of COVID, Teens Gain 469,000 Jobs in July


The number of teens employed in July rose to 5,353,000, an increase of 469,000 jobs from June, according to non-seasonally adjusted data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That is on par with last July, when 468,000 jobs were added for teen workers.

The number of employed teens is down from last July, when 6,409,000 teens were employed, according to an analysis of non-seasonally adjusted data from the BLS by global outplacement and executive and business coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

The summer of 2020 has seen 2,192,000 jobs added for teens, a 26.2% increase from the summer of 2019, when 1,737,000 jobs were added May to July.

“Those numbers are encouraging. The data show some teen workers have been able to find employment during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite the fact that numerous traditional summer jobs have been eliminated this year,” said Andrew Challenger, Senior Vice President of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. “Even though in these unprecedented times there are fewer traditional summer jobs, such as counselors at camps that are closed, young people are still finding employment.”

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