Teen Summer Jobs Update: Employment Below 2012 Levels

After getting off to its strongest start in seven years, the pace of teen hiring in June and July declined from last year’s levels, as a slowdown in economic activity provided little reason to grow payrolls.  Overall, teen employment gains during the three-month summer hiring season were down 3.0 percent from 2012, according to an analysis of government employment data by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

A Challenger analysis of just-released data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics found that employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by 1,355,000 between May 1 and July 31.  That was 3.0 percent lower than the 1,397,000 teenagers finding employment during the same period a year ago.  Last year’s teen job gains were the strongest since 2007, when employers hired 1,635,000 teenagers during the summer months.

This year, teen hiring started strongly, with 215,000 16- to 19-year-olds finding jobs in May.  That was the largest number of teens hired in May since 2006, when 230,000 teenagers were added to payrolls in the first month of the summer hiring season. 

In June, employment among teens grew by 779,000, down 9.2 percent from June 2012, when teen job gains reached 858,000, the highest June figure in five years.  Last month, teen employment grew by 361,000, which is 5.5 percent fewer than the 382,000 teen workers hired the same month a year ago.

After adding in the summer job gains, a total of 5,504,000 teenagers were employed as of the end of July, which is typically when teen employment reaches its annual peak.  That is up nearly 6.0 percent from 2011, when teen employment in July totaled 5,193,000, the lowest July teen employment level since 1959.  However, the number of employed teenagers is still well short of a pre-recession peak of 7,494,000, recorded in July 2006.  The largest number of teenagers working at one time was in July 1978, when 10,033,000 16- to 19-year-olds were employed. 

“The economy slowed a bit as the summer got underway.  Retail sales were particularly anemic in May and June, which is when decisions regarding the need for additional summer hiring were being made.  Meanwhile, other traditional summer employment venues for teens, such as movie theaters, pools, camps and amusement parks, are likely to have completed the bulk of their hiring in May, only hiring additional workers if it was necessary to replace someone who left or was dismissed,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

“Teenagers also faced more competition from older, more experienced job seekers, such as recent college graduates and recent retirees.  Throughout most of the country, the market for higher-paying, salaried positions is still very tight.  Those in their early 20s, who are still in college or who recently graduated are taking jobs in retail, food service and other areas where teens once represented the bulk of the labor force.  Perhaps as a result of this shift or maybe due to changing attitudes about employment, in general, a growing number of teenagers appear to dropping out of the labor market, entirely,” noted Challenger.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 16,795,000 civilian, non-institutionalized 16- to 19-year-olds in the United States, only 7,264,000, or just about 43 percent, are employed or actively seeking employment.  Of the 9,530,000 remaining teenagers who are not considered part of the labor force (because they did not actively seek employment during the four weeks prior to survey), only 1,254,000 want a job.  Even fewer (482,000) actually searched for employment over the past 12 months or since the end of their last job. 

“In all, there are nearly 8.3 million teenagers who simply do not want a job or, at least, are making no concerted effort to find a job.  This represents a major shift in teen employment trends.  In 1980, for example, nearly 71 percent of teenagers were employed or looking for employment in July,” said Challenger.

“These figures do not necessarily mean that all of these non-working teens are sitting around idle.  Many may be falling under the employment radar.  Some may be taking a more entrepreneurial path, earning money through a variety of odd jobs, such as lawn mowing and babysitting.  Others may be volunteering or working without pay for a family business.  More may be taking summer classes or participating in organized sports that don’t allow enough time for summer jobs.  Today’s teenagers have far more options than previous generations and jobs at the local mall or in a fast-food restaurant are perhaps being shunned,” Challenger concluded.    

SUMMER EMPLOYMENT GAINS AMONG 16- TO 19-YEAR-OLDS

2003-2013

Year

May

June

July

Summer Jobs Gained

Change from Prior Year

2003

152,000

859,000

458,000

1,469,000

-11.3%

2004

168,000

827,000

597,000

1,592,000

8.4%

2005

183,000

1,007,000

546,000

1,736,000

9.0%

2006

230,000

1,033,000

471,000

1,734,000

-0.1%

2007

62,000

1,114,000

459,000

1,635,000

-5.7%

2008

116,000

683,000

355,000

1,154,000

-29.4%

2009

111,000

698,000

354,000

1,163,000

0.8%

2010

6,000

497,000

457,000

960,000

-17.5%

2011

71,000

714,000

302,000

1,087,000

13.2%

2012

157,000

858,000

382,000

1,397,000

28.5%

2013

215,000

779,000

361,000

1,355,000

-3.0%

 

Source: Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. with non-seasonally adjusted data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

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Teen Summer Jobs Update: Hiring Slips In June

Teen hiring got off to its strongest start in seven years in 2013, but heavy employment gains in May appear to have caused employers to pull back slightly in June.  However, with 994,000 16- to -19-year-olds finding seasonal positions so far this summer, it is still possible that teen hiring could outpace 2012, according to John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

A Challenger analysis of just-released government employment data found that employers added 215,000 teenagers to their payrolls in May.  That is the largest number of teens hired in May since 2006, when employment among 16- to 19-year-olds expanded by 230,000 in the first month of the summer hiring season.

The latest non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that another 779,000 teens found employment in June.  That was down from June 2012, when teen employment grew by 858,000.  Overall, the 994,000 teens finding jobs so far this summer is down 2.1 percent from the 1,015,000 teen job winners in May and June of last year. Continue reading

More Opportunities for Teens This Summer

More opportunities for teens this summer if they get off the computer and in front of employers.

Continued employment gains across the economy, but particularly in lower-skilled, lower-paying hourly wage categories, are expected to benefit teenagers seeking jobs this summer, according to a new outlook released Thursday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

While job-seeking teens are likely to face competition from recent college graduates, as well as those at the opposite end of the age spectrum, employment gains for 16- to 19-year-olds in May, June and July should surpass last year’s levels.

“There will definitely be more opportunities for teenagers seeking employment this summer.  Of course, it is still a competitive environment.  So, teens should not expect employers to come knocking on their door.  The search will require maximum effort, starting now, in order to have a position lined up before the school year ends,” said John A. Challenger, chief executive officer of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Get the full outlook here.

 

Update on Teen Hiring: Summer Employment Up 13%

Teenagers saw their strongest summer job gains in five years, as an improving economy and less competition from older job seekers helped nearly 1.4 million 16- to 19-year-olds find employment in May, June, and July, according to an analysis of non-seasonally adjusted jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

Employment among 16- to 19-year-olds grew by 382,000 in July, the final month of the annual teen hiring period.  July job gains were up 26 percent from 2011, when teen employment increased by 302,000.  Overall, the number of employed teens grew by 1,397,000 from May through July, which represents a 29 percent increase from the previous summer, which saw 1,087,000 teens added to the employment rolls.

This summer’s job surge among teens was the largest since 2007, when teen employment experienced a net gain of 1,635,000 over the three-month hiring period.  Teen employment can be expected to shrink in August as 16- to 19-year-olds return to school.  Over the previous five years, the number of employed teenagers fell in August by an average of 523,000.   Continue reading

Teen Hiring Strongest Since 2007

The number of employed 16- to 19-year-olds expanded by 858,000 in June, making this the strongest summer hiring surge teenagers have seen since 2007, according to an analysis of government jobs data by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.  June employment gains among teens were 22 percent greater than a year ago, when 714,000 16- to 19-year-olds joined the workforce.

Non-seasonally adjusted data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employers have now hired 1,015,000 teens since May 1, up 29 percent from 785,000 teen jobs added in May and June 2011.  The 1,015,000 teen employment gains so far this year are just 72,000 shy of last year’s three-month summer teen hiring total of 1,087,000.  Last year, 302,000 teens found employment in July and, since 2008, July employment gains have averaged 367,000, despite a weak economy.  So, it is highly likely that this year’s summer job gains among teenagers will far surpass the 2011 hiring season.

In a teen summer hiring outlook released by Challenger last April, employment among teenagers was expected to increase over 2011’s better-than-expected gains. Continue reading

Teen Hiring Update: Strong Summer Start

Teen Employment Off To Strong Start This Summer

Teen summer employment got off to its strongest start since 2006, as the number of 16- to 19-year-olds with jobs grew by nearly 160,000 in May, according to an analysis of the latest Labor Department figures by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.   Continue reading

Teen Job Market Rebounds in June

The summer job market for teenagers is proving to be better than expected, as 714,000 16-to19-year-olds joined the ranks of the employed in June.  That is the biggest June job gain among teens since 2007 and a 44 percent improvement over 2010, when only 497,000 teenagers found jobs.  Employers have now hired 785,000 teens since May 1.  That is still slightly below the 809,000 teen jobs added in May and June 2009, but it represents a vast improvement over last year’s pace, which saw just 503,000 16-to 19-year-olds find jobs over the same two-month span.  The gains can be attributed largely to the private sector, where teens have been able to take advantage of increased hiring in retail, leisure and hospitality.

Year

May

June

July

Summer
Jobs Gained

Change from Prior Year

1998

270,000

1,058,000

675,000

2,003,000

 

1999

415,000

750,000

852,000

2,017,000

0.7%

2000

111,000

1,087,000

311,000

1,509,000

-25.2%

2001

58,000

1,124,000

560,000

1,742,000

15.4%

2002

161,000

985,000

510,000

1,656,000

-4.9%

2003

152,000

859,000

458,000

1,469,000

-11.3%

2004

168,000

827,000

597,000

1,592,000

8.4%

2005

183,000

1,007,000

546,000

1,736,000

9.0%

2006

230,000

1,033,000

471,000

1,734,000

-0.1%

2007

62,000

1,114,000

459,000

1,635,000

-5.7%

2008

116,000

683,000

355,000

1,154,000

-29.4%

2009

111,000

698,000

354,000

1,163,000

0.8%

2010

6,000

497,000

457,000

960,000

-17.5%

2011

71,000

714,000

????

785,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source:
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. with data provided

 

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