Why fewer kids work the kind of summer jobs

Why fewer kids work the kind of summer jobs than their parents used to have

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Today’s teens are less likely to have summer jobs than their parents did at their age.
In 1978, 72% of teenagers were working summer jobs, while in 2017, an estimated 35% of teens were employed in the summer.
Today’s kids are spending their summers taking classes, going to camps, and picking up jobs that are difficult to track.

Back in the day, most teens had some sort of job lined up for the summer. For some, it was an extension of an after-school job they held during the year. For others, it was a seasonal type of job such as working at a drugstore or as a lifeguard in a pool

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