Eye on Education

Without Summer Jobs, Kids Lose Out In Several Ways

It’s a tough job market for teenagers off for the summer. About 25 percent of the nation’s 16- to 19-year-olds were in the work force in 2013, compared with 45 percent in 2000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The New York Times writes: “the story behind the low employment numbers is more complex than it first appears.”

Hunter-John Hurst, 16, of Raleigh, N.C., is a living example of a modern-day conundrum. Like many others his age, he needs to earn money this summer. But finding a job is tougher than ever, with the number of teenagers employed nationwide at a near-historical low.

Read more at: www.nytimes.com

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