The Associated Press has a story about how "the landscape of a post-pandemic workforce is changing and depending on an unexpected demographic – teens.
"Teenagers have become one of the largest segments of the working population. The Associated Press reported that, in May, 33.2% of teens ages 16 to 19 were in the national workforce, the highest figure for teen workers since the Great Recession of 2008."
The reason? While some people are concerned about going back to work because they're worried about getting sick, or have child care or elder care responsibilities that became more clear during the pandemic, or for the moment are making as much not working as they could working, there is one demographic - teens - that its willing and able to work.
"Teens have an impact on the industry because they are willing to come in and work jobs that not everyone is willing to work in," John Longstreet, president and CEO of the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association, teaks the AP. "It's a win-win scenario. It gives a young person an opportunity to make some money, get good work experience, and it helps fill the labor gap that we are facing."
- KC's View:
One of the great advantages of hiring teens is that it reflects a community orientation that always works to the business's advantage in the long-term. It creates a literal sense of family, and that's a good thing.