"A forecast from outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. suggests that the creation of retail jobs, which have typically accounted for a quarter of teenage employment, won’t pick up until back-to-school shopping gains steam in late July."
NEARLY 700,000 TEENS FIND JOBS; HIGHEST GAINS SINCE 2013
The number of teenagers finding summer jobs surged in June, as employment among 16- to 19-year-olds increased by 691,000. It was the biggest June job gain for teens since 2014, according to tracking by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
"One big reason for the decline? Teens are choosing not to work. 'Teens are not pursuing traditional summer jobs like they used to,' says Challenger. Instead, many of them are volunteering, enrolling in educational programs or doing other things that may pad their college applications, he explains.
While the latest employment data show that summer job gains among teenagers were lower than a year ago, overall employment for this population is at its highest level since 2009. The seemingly contradictory data suggest that teenagers are finding employment throughout the year and are no longer relegated to summer jobs.