As fewer teens are entering the workforce for the summer, even fewer are finding work in retail.
When school lets out for summer vacation, many teens flock off to find a summer job in order to fund their summer activities, at least that has been the case for many years now. However, a recent study shows that fewer teens are working during the summer than in years past.
Not only are fewer teens working in general, but those who are working are finding employment in different areas than before. Nowadays, teens are less likely to be working a cash register, and more likely to be tending a grill.
According to a report by Pew Research Center, from 2000 to 2014 there has been a 40.6% drop in teens working in the retail sector. Retail in 2000 accounted for 24% of teen jobs, but last year it dropped to only 21.7%. Teens are much more likely to work in restaurants and other similar businesses, with nearly one-third of teens working in this area.