Job market: teenagers come into play to fill positions | News, Sports, Jobs

Children these days, right? Lazy, ungrateful, good for nothing so and so… right?

Maybe not, as American employers are finding that the population willing to step in and take jobs that others don’t want to do is a bit younger than it is used to.

Analysts suggest that part of the reason for the rapid economic recovery in much of the country is that teens are ready for jobs in restaurants, retail, entertainment and others. domains while older people will not. These children often earn between $ 15 and $ 17 an hour and receive bonuses or help with paying for classes because they have very little competition for positions.

“We are very grateful that they are here,” says Akash Kapoor, CEO of Curry Up Now. “We may not be open if they weren’t there. We need the body.

Kapoor restaurants employ 50 teenagers. In fact, according to statistics from the Ministry of Labor, in May, 33.2% of people aged 16 to 19 were employed – the highest percentage in 13 years. Teenage employment fell sharply during the Great Recession as available jobs were taken by older people, who this time around seem to be waiting for something. “better.” At the same time, the great wave of baby boomer retirements is multiplying, meaning that the older segment of the workforce is simply leaving the workforce.

This is good news for those who are ready to do the work available, and young people are certainly responding to this call. Hopefully they carry that work ethic with them as they – and our economy – grow.

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