Teen workforce decreases in summer

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Teen workforce decreases in summer

Compared to previous years, the number of teens with summer jobs is decreasing.

Compared to previous years, the number of teens with summer jobs is decreasing.

C. Jemming

Compared to previous years, the number of teens with summer jobs is decreasing.

C. Jemming

C. Jemming

Compared to previous years, the number of teens with summer jobs is decreasing.

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The number of Minnesotan teens in the workforce has been decreasing since the 1990s.

In 2001, there were 59% of teens in the workforce. This dropped to below 50% for the last eleven years. This information has been analyzed by Minnesota’s Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

According to this department, teens will most likely find a job if their friend is working there as well. In 2018, 48% of teens were working. Even with entry-level jobs paying $10 or more per hour, the number of teens in the workforce has not rebounded to the early 2000 level.

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Industries including amusement and recreation, clothing, and food workers are working harder than usual to find teens to fill open jobs.

Valleyfair hires around 2,000 people each summer season, and most of them are teens.

Teenagers tend to be busier and are not as available to work as much as they used to be. Most teens are looking for flexible hours, which can not be offered to everyone. With sports all year round, school, time with friends, and other responsibilities, a majority of teens are not applying for summer jobs.

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