New pressures change summer teen workforce
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCCU) —
Summer jobs used to be a right-of-passage for many teens, but according to a new national study, things are changing.
With more colleges requiring internships and volunteer hours, teens say they have little time for a summer job.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics say teen employment in the summer has dropped 30 percent since the 1970s.
"More kids are now more worried about getting into colleges and you know one thing that goes into your college applications is what you do during the summer so they like to see that you are volunteering and you are going to camps and things like that," said local high school student Juliann Xu.
She said out of her group of friends, very few have a job this summer and more are volunteers at local camps.