Teen Employment: Statistics and Info

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The following is some information, statistics and facts concerning teen employment:

Teen Labor Laws:

Most of the teen labor laws concern teens between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age. According to the Fair Labor and Standards Act, the minimum age for employment is 14 years of age and the number of hours teens under 16 can work are limited. Once a teen reaches 16 years of age, the restrictions on the number of hours they can work no longer applies. The law also prohibits teens from doing jobs that are considered dangerous and hazardous until they reach age 18.

Teen Discrimination:

Although most people think age discrimination only happens to older people, young people can be discriminated against in the workplace too. Some examples of youth and teen discrimination include treating a young worker differently than an older worker, dismissal of a young worker based on age and refusing to pay a young worker the national minimum wage.

What are the Benefits of Teenage Jobs?

There are many benefits of teenage jobs and they include earning money, learning important life skills, understanding the value of money, building your resume, learning time management skills and etc. Although working a job is an added burden to a teen’s busy schedule, the benefits greatly outweigh any negative impact a teen may experience. A working teen may have less free time but they also learn to became more productive and responsible which helps them grow up to be a well-adjusted adult.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Work Online?

Usually, with age requirements for online jobs, it’s a matter of whether a specific online company will hire someone your age. This varies greatly by company. The minimum age for many online survey sites is 13 years old although there are a few sites that allow children under 13 to join. Most online writing sites only allow 18 year olds to join as do the majority of online tutoring companies, except for the ones that specialize in student and peer tutoring.

If you are interested in a specific type of online job, look for companies that offer that type of work and check the site’s FAQ or Terms of Use page to find out the minimum age to join. For more info on online jobs, visit our homepage to get started: Online Jobs for Teens.

Youth Unemployment Rate:

The youth unemployment rate varies greatly by season. The youth unemployment rate increases sharply between April and July each year when most young people are looking for work. According to the United States Department of Labor, youth unemployment reached 11.5 percent in July of 2016 and then decreased to 10.1 percent in November of 2016.

Youth unemployment in the United States averaged 12.28 percent from 1955 until 2016 and reached an all time high of 19.5 percent in April of 2010 and an all time low of 7.8 percent in September of 1956, according to TradingEconomics.com.

Youth unemployment rates varies by gender and race and these discrepancies have held steady since 2015,  according to the United States Department of Labor:

“The July 2016 unemployment rates for young men (12.0 percent), women (10.8 percent), Whites (9.9 percent), Blacks (20.6 percent), Asians (10.0 percent), and Hispanics (11.3 percent) also showed little or no change from last July.”

What Percentage of High School Students Have a Job?

According to ChildTrends.com, the rate of employment for teens enrolled in high school has not changed since the last recession. As of 2015, youth enrolled in high school had an employment rate of 18 percent and the employment rate for young people between the age of 16 and 24 years old was 49 percent.

These 2015 numbers varied by gender and race. According to the study: 19 percent of female high school students were employed, 17 percent of male high school students were employed, 20 percent of white high school students were employed, 14 percent of black high school students were employed, 14 percent of Hispanic high school students were employed and 6 percent of Asian students were employed.

How to Balance Work and School:

One of the important responsibilities of having a job while in high school is learning how to balance work and school. This is important because you don’t want your school work to suffer as a result of your job. One way to maintain this balance is to be organized. You don’t have a lot of time to waste so make sure you know what needs to get done each day and do it right away. Make to-do lists, set alarms or timers for tasks, schedule time for school work and use your time wisely.

Teens and Money:

Money management is an important part of being a working teen. Once you start earning money, you have to learn how to budget, how to save, how to pay taxes, how to open a bank account and/or a Paypal account (if you are old enough.) There is a lot of financial responsibility that comes with having a job and earning a paycheck and it’s not something that comes intuitively. It’s something you have to learn.

Sources:
United States Department of Labor: https://www.dol.gov/general/topic/youthlabor/workhours
ChildTrends.com: http://www.childtrends.org/indicators/youth-employment/
United States Department of Labor: Employment and Unemployment Among Youth Summary:
https://www.bls.gov/news.release/youth.nr0.htm
TradingEconomics.com: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/united-states/youth-unemployment-rate

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