May 07, 2024

Question of the Day: What percent of people age 16-24 work a summer job?

To work, or not to work? That is the summer question.

Answer: 55.0% in April-July 2023

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  • What factors do you think contribute to about half of people age 16-24 working a summer job and half not?
  • What are some of the pros and cons of working a summer job? How about for not working a summer job?
  • Would you prefer to work a summer job? Explain why or why not.


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Behind the numbers (BLS):

"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 search for or take summer jobs, and many graduates enter the labor market to look for or begin permanent employment. In 2023, the youth labor force grew by 2.2 million, or 10.4 percent, from April (21.5 million) to July (23.7 million)."



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About the Author

Ryan Wood

Ryan grew up with and maintains a love for learning. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay with a degree in Business Administration and worked in sports marketing for a number of years. After living in Texas, Colorado, Tennessee, and Minnesota, the call of education eventually brought Ryan back to his home state of Wisconsin where he was a Business and Marketing teacher for three years. In his free time he likes to spend time with his wife and daughter, play basketball, read, and go fishing. Now with NGPF, Ryan is excited to help teachers lead the most important course their students will ever take.

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