"'It is not that young people have gotten progressively lazier. In fact, it is quite the opposite," said Challenger. 'They are spending more time on homework, extracurricular activities, and summer educational and personal development programs. All of these factors take away from time that used to be spent in a traditional job.'"
More teenagers found jobs in July compared to a year ago, but it was not enough to lift the overall summer hiring total above last year’s levels, according to an analysis of government employment data by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Employment among the nation’s 16- to 19-year-olds increased by 419,000 in July, a 16 percent improvement from the 361,000 teens hired in July 2013.
"'Real work experience is being displaced by summer and travel programs,' said John Challenger, executive officer of the outplacement company Challenger, Gray & Christmas. But he says he doesn’t think that is necessarily a good thing.
After getting off to a strong start in May, job gains among teenagers stumbled in June, as employers hired 15 percent fewer 16- to 19-year-olds than a year ago, according to an analysis of the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Teens seeking summer jobs got off to a strong start in May, as employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by 217,000 in May. That was the biggest May employment gain for teenagers in eight years, according to an analysis of the latest employment data by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
"'Today more and more teens are encouraged to get other kinds of alternative experiences," said John Challenger, CEO of the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. "Going to work in the local retail store, like we used to, is not as valuable."
Much attention has been given to record-low participation rates in the wake of the Great Recession. The latest data indicate that only 62.5 percent of non-institutionalized working age adults are employed or actively seeking employment. The remaining 37.5 percent, so the story goes, is so frustrated with the lack of opportunities that this group has simply dropped out of the labor market.
After getting off to its strongest start in seven years, the pace of teen hiring in June and July declined from last year’s levels, as a slowdown in economic activity provided little reason to grow payrolls. Overall, teen employment gains during the three-month summer hiring season were down 3.0 percent from 2012, according to an analysis of government employment data by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.