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Monday, 07 June 2021 13:58

Summer Work is a Great Opportunity for Teens Featured

Written by Shelby Schneider
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I recently spoke with WRGB Channel 6 about how Teen Workers could find themselves in high demand this summer. The Wall Street Journal reports that this year is shaping up as a boom year for summer jobs for young people. Industries that traditionally hire teenagers, like hospitality and retail, are rapidly expanding again. Millions of young adults have been vaccinated against COVID-19, making them more comfortable than they were last year with high-contact, in-person jobs. Youth summer employment has been trending downward since the 1970s, according to monthly data collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In July 1978, 71.8% of workers aged 16 to 19 participated in the labor force. In the 2010s, that number never topped 45%. This year could begin to reverse that trend.

A third of Americans get their first job in a restaurant according to the National Restaurant Association. Nearly 6 in 10 adults have worked in the restaurant industry at some point during their lives. In the U.S., restaurants are the top employers of teenagers in the economy — 1 in 3 employed teens work in the restaurant industry.

Employment teaches responsibility and good work habits, improves time management and organizational skills and helps them save money. Working also gives teens an opportunity to establish contacts with adult employers that can serve as a future reference.

Starting at 14, teens can get working papers through their local school guidance office with parental consent and evidence of a recent physical. Click here for NYS Guidelines and Federal Guidelines for youth employment in restaurants and quick service establishments. Click below for links to where you can find working papers for students in one of Saratoga County's many school districts.

Ballston Spa School District
Burnt Hills Ballston Lake School District
Corinth Central School District
Galway Central School District

Mechanicville School District
Saratoga Springs School District
Schuylerville Central School District
Shenendehowa High School
South Glens Falls School District
Stillwater Central School District
Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free District 

If you have a teenager that is interested in summer employment, you can visit:
Saratoga County Employment and Training
Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce Help Wanted
Saratoga Race Course Job Fair – June 11-12

Written by: SHELBY.SCHNEIDER@saratogapartnership.org | President
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