Fewer teens have summer jobs

More are opting for volunteering gigs and internships.

Posted: Jul 3, 2018 8:08 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – You may see fewer younger people working at a local restaurant or retail store this summer.

A new Pew Research study shows, despite some recovery since the Great Recession, teens aren't taking summer jobs.

Only 35% of teens had summer jobs last summer.

One of them is Bridget Levenick. She’s worked over the season since she was 14 and now holds two summer jobs, one at Great Harvest Bread Co.

It gives her more than just some extra spending money.

“It definitely increased my people's skills. I used to be really shy but now I can converse with random strangers,” she said.

The report shows more, younger people are choosing to spend their free summer time volunteering or interning, something Levenick is considering too

“Next year I'll probably be working at someone's lab in Mayo,” she said.

Of younger people who do have summer work, most choose jobs in food and accommodations, like Levenick.

“It was for tips. I applied at a lot of bars, and sports bars, places that sold alcohol for a summer job. You know, because you get better tips where there's alcohol being served,” she said.

After the food and service industry, retail, followed by arts and entertainment, construction, are the most popular.

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