The time-honored tradition of summer jobs for teens may be disappearing. Is this the case in your community?
From NPR: "The past two summers were the worst for teen employment in the U.S. since the Bureau of Labor Statistics began measuring just after the end of World War II, according to a new report from the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University.
"Just under 30 percent of U.S. teens had jobs in the summers of 2010 and 2011, down sharply from 42.6 percent in 2006 before the recession began — and a far cry from the heady summers of the late 1940s, when over half of the nation's teens were employed.
"And the outlook for 2012 isn't much better, according to the center's director, Andrew Sum. He projects this year's rate may even hit another post-World War II low.
" 'We heard that many employers told kids last summer, 'Don't even bother filing an application next year,'" Sum says."
How is this trend playing out in your community? Check with local employers - are they planning on hiring extra help this summer? Will they hire teens? If not, why not? Check with teens - are they having any luck finding a job? Talk to parents - what do they want their teens to do if they can't find a job?