Less and less teens are finding summer work to keep busy during the summer break. Generally during a recession the number of employed teens decreases then bounces back with the economy, but recently that has not been the case. The main reasons that teens are less likely to work: fewer low-skill entry level jobs, summer classes, more volunteer work, or unpaid internships.
Most people can agree personal responsibility and learning can be gained by holding a job, even if it pays minimum wage. If you would like to read more about the trends with teen employment check out this article from the Pew Research Center.
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