According to a report from Consumerist, Teens say, “They’re too Busy Studying to get Simmer Jobs.” It was once a rite of passage for American teenagers: Spend the summer slinging burgers, watching over the frolicking kids at the local pools, hawking apparel at the mall, or babysitting for the neighbor in order to earn a few bucks.
But it turns out that fewer teens are taking part in the tradition of obtaining a summer job, despite an apparent plethora of opportunities to do so.
Bloomberg reports that many American teens aren’t looking for jobs this summer, and they haven’t been looking for seasonal gigs for a few years now. For instance, in July 2016 43% of teens ages 16 to 19 were either working or looking for jobs, a 10% decrease from a decade before.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, teens are more likely to be working in July — when school and many sports are out of session — but employment rates among teens during that month have decreased significantly in recent years.