Getting Kids Out Of The House Just Got Easier: Summer Jobs For Teens Hit 6-Year High

An allowance? Who still gets an allowance these days? It seems teens will have plenty of opportunities to make their own cold hard cash this summer, as a new report says the amount of 16- to 19-year-olds landing jobs is off to its strongest start since 2006.

According to outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc., almost 160,000 teens landed jobs in May, reports the Los Angeles Times. Compare that to last May’s 71,000 and you’ve got a nice little number right there.

The worst season recently for teen jobs was in 2010, when employers only hired about 6,000 teens that May. That was the lowest amount of teens getting hired since 1949.

But just because there are jobs out there for hardworking teens, not all youngsters even want to be working in the summer. The number of teens not looking for work at all has gone up steadily since 1994, says the LAT.

To that, I’d like to quote my grandpa: “Get off your rump and learn the value of a dollar!”

Summer jobs for teens soar to highest level in six years [Los Angeles Times]