5 traditional jobs for teens most affected by the pandemic

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Very few sectors of the economy were left untouched by the ravages of the pandemic in 2020, with slow economic rebounds in 2021. While most of the data focuses on jobs held by adults, jobs in adolescents have also been hit hard.

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During the summer of 2020, teen employment in the United States hit its lowest level since the Great Recession, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of federal employment data. Only about 30.8% of American teens had a paid job in the summer of 2020 (that’s less than a third). As the economy rebounds in 2021, here are the teen jobs that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

Last updated: September 20, 2021

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Retail Jobs

Service jobs such as retail and hospitality “are the biggest employers of teenagers,” said Rolf Bax, director of human resources at Resume.io. These industries have been hit hard by the pandemic. “The World Economic Forum says youth employment around the world has been affected by closures and social distancing over the past two years.”

However, that may change as restaurants and retail outlets struggle to find and keep adult workers, giving teens new opportunities.

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Hospitality and Tourism

Michael Hamelburger, CEO of Sales Therapy, points out that “temporary jobs in the hospitality and tourism sector have been hit hard by the pandemic and this affects many part-time teenagers in these industries.”

However, he is optimistic, saying that teens can still find sales positions because “[m]all businesses are now bracing for their rebound as the economy picks up strength with many returning customers. “

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Baby sitting

During the worst months of the pandemic, when people were asked to take shelter in place and many businesses and establishments were locked out, child care workers were hit hard by time off and job losses, according to Business Insider. According to Urban Sitter, babysitters reported an 84% drop in activity in April 2020, so it stands to reason that teens who babysit for the money of the gasoline and college savings have also seen their jobs dry up. As the economy rebounds, these jobs may become available again.

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Camp counselors

While summer camps were allowed to reopen in all 50 states in the summer of 2021, COVID-19 restrictions and nervous parents meant significantly lower enrollments, resulting in fewer camp counselor and staff jobs. related, according to AP News. Additionally, COVID-19 outbreaks in many summer camps can predict a decline in enrollment in the summer of 2022.

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What better job for a teenager than sitting by the pool or by the beach for most of your shift, only occasionally called upon to save a swimmer? Despite the cushy job description, lifeguard jobs have been on the decline since before the pandemic. By 2020, however, according to Swimming World, the lifeguard profession, which relies on teenagers for many of these positions, is in crisis. COVID-19 protocols and restrictions have also reduced the number of swimmers in 2020 and 2021, forcing many swimming pools to cut hours, hence jobs. It’s hard to say if this industry will rebound with jobs for teens.

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