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Volume:7, Number:49
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Around The World 4

Why Are Not American Teenagers Working Anymore?

The work trends for the American teenagers show a clear pattern over the last three decades. When recessions hit, in the early 1990s, early 2000s, and from 2007 to 2009, teen labor participation rates plunge. As the economy recovers, though, teen labor does not bounce back. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the teen labor force participation rate to drop below 27 percent in 2024, or 30 points lower than the peak seasonally adjusted rate in 1989. Why are not teens working? One theory offered is that they are being crowded out of the workforce by older Americans, now working past 65 at the highest rates in more than 50 years. A 2012 study found that less educated immigrants affected employment for US native-born teenagers. Parents are pushing kids to volunteer and sign up for extra-curricular activities instead of working. College-bound teens are also not looking for work because the money does not go as far as it used to.

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