Red-hot summer job market awaits US teens as employers sweat
WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) — This is expected to be the best summer job market for teens in 15 years.
Researchers at Drexel University’s Center for Labor Markets and Policy predicted in a report last month that an average of 33% of youths ages 16 to 19 will be employed each month from June through August this year, the highest such rate since 34% in the summer of 2007.
And the pay available to them — $15 or $16 an hour for entry-level work — is drawing some back into the job market.
Teenage employment has already topped pre-pandemic levels even though the overall job market still hasn’t.