Question of the Day: How many fewer teens took summer jobs in 2020 during the Covid-19 Pandemic?

Apr 12, 2021
Question of the Day, Career

Answer: 1.8 million fewer teens worked in summer 2020


  1. Do/did you have a summer job?
  2. How did you get the job? or Why didn’t you get a job?
  3. What did you learn from the experience?
  4. What factors might have impacted a teen taking a summer job in 2020? Why is this important?

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Behind the numbers (Bureau of Labor Statistics):

"The youth labor force—16- to 24-year-olds working or actively looking for work—grows sharply between April and July each year. During these months, large numbers of high school and college students typically search for or take summer jobs, and many graduates enter the labor market to look for or begin permanent employment.

This summer, the youth labor force grew by 3.6 million, or 19.8 percent, to a total of 21.5 million in July. The youth labor force, however, was 1.8 million less than in July 2019, reflecting the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. "


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About the Author

Mason Butts

After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.