Economy Teens Getting Jobs

Pedestrians walk past a sign inviting people to apply for employment at a shop in Boston’s fashionable Newbury Street neighborhood on Monday. As the U.S. economy bounds back with unexpected speed from the pandemic recession and customer demand intensifies, high school-age kids are filling jobs that older workers can’t – or won’t.

The owners of restaurants, amusement parks and retail shops, many of them desperate for workers, are sounding an unusual note of gratitude this summer:

Thank goodness for teenagers.

Pisani reported from New York. AP writer Patty Nieberg contributed to this report from Denver. Elkhart Truth staff writer Rasmus S. Jorgensen contributed to this report.

(5) comments


There are some good teens out there, and managers at these business at taking advantage of them asking them to work 40-60 hrs a week, while their adult counterparts are home on the gravy train... While this certainly doesn't hurt them, that show will be over shortly as school activities resume in a few weeks....Then what?

Joe King

It’s nice employees now have a say so…now employees can choose where they want to work and at what pay…or move on…you want workers? Pay them more…it’s really that simple…forgo the $300 million profit for $250 million profit and pay your staff a living wage….power to the people!


People have always had the chance to work where they want and earn as much as possible Joe. Smart hard working people get ahead and slackers with their hands out don’t.


Kids filling positions? Not around here! Went to a local fast food joint last week. Sat in the drive thru for 20 minutes. Finally my turn to order my sandwich. 8PM on the dot. 6 cars behind me. The voice in the box informs me .... sorry we are closing due to lack of employees!


Too much free money, no reason to work. Thanks Dems.

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