Today’s working teenager may be a retail company’s future store leader, product designer, data analyst, or even CEO. Unfortunately, in the years ahead, it may become increasingly more difficult to find these young, entry-level employees.
Teenagers are an important part of the retail workforce, but Bureau of Labor Statistics data show a downward trend in teen participation across all industries. At its peak in 1979, 58 percent of teenagers aged 16-19 held jobs; starting in the early 2000s, however, when the rate was at 52 percent, we’ve seen a more dramatic drop with a post-recession rate of about 34 percent of teenagers working. (For the rest of this article, click here.)