“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.
“There are also fewer opportunities. ‘Restaurants and retail outlets are still hiring teens, but not as many as in the past, because they simply don’t need as many workers to meet seasonal demand,’ said Challenger. Plus, while teens ‘continue to have opportunities in the classic summer job settings, such as summer camps, neighborhood pools, amusement parks, etc. … the number of these jobs is not really growing,’ he says. ‘We don’t see a dozen new amusement parks or summer camps start up every year.’”