KENNEWICK, WA - A penny saved is a penny earned but how many teens are saving, let alone earning those pennies? Turns out, a lot less than there used to be. A new reports shows that back in the 1970's more than 70% of teenagers worked during their summer break. Now, fewer than 40% do.
Locally, teens make up 2.8% of all workers with most working in retail trade and leisure and hospitality, or food services. Those teens are learning valuable skills for the 'real world.' Things like basic knowledge on the job, the importance of being on time and time management.
"Most of the students that come out of college have education but are lacking that on the job training or experience which, for some employers, becomes very difficult to train them if they don't have those basic skills," said the regional labor economist, Ajsa Suljic.
Another interesting part of this, fewer boys are working than girls. Since teen jobs numbers peaked in the late 80's, the number of teenage males with a job has dropped by 20%. For girls, that number dropped just 14%.