Teen employment declining, but not at Kennywood
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - 06/03/2016
In particular, the decline in teen jobs is a symptom of other age groups taking the jobs once reserved for younger workers, said Alicia Sasser Modestino, associate director at the Boston-based Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.
As more people have gone to college, those in their early 20s have demanded part-time retail and restaurant jobs to help pay for school — and employers have given preference to them over teens, she said. While college-bound teens are often already on career path, low-income teens are hurt by fewer opportunities.
“They’re getting exposed to the world of work and different careers,” Ms. Modestino said of teenage workers. “We see big increases in aspirations to go to college … big increases in feelings that they are a positive part of their community.”