Teen workforce grows as employers desperate to hire
NEW YORK, NY (CBS NEWSPATH) – Part-time job postings topped pre-pandemic 2019 numbers. Employers struggling to fill jobs are looking for younger workers and, in some cases, offering more money to hire them.
Ethan Bentz, 19, earns his dough at the Bagel Cafe in Las Vegas. “I expected to be, you know, an average salary for a first job, but it exceeded my expectations a little bit,” says Bentz.
Bentz is part of the growing teenage workforce. Last month, the share of employed 16 to 19 year olds rose to 33.2%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is the highest rate since 2008.
Bentz boss Savvas Andrews is looking for more employees like him. “Anyone who walks in here, as I ask my clients, ‘Do you have a teenager, son or daughter who wants to work? I have jobs! ‘ “
Employers, especially in leisure and hospitality, are struggling to fill jobs that had been cut during the pandemic. Jersey Shore hotel owner Christina Ranuro owns White Sands Oceanfront Resort and Spa in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey. Ranuro has increased the starting salary she offers from $ 12 an hour to $ 15 an hour. “We’re really, really short of staff,” she says.
Economists say hiring problems include parents struggling with childcare, international students unable to secure work visas, and entry-level seasonal work not paying as well as child allowances. unemployment. “There is still this extended unemployment benefit which prevents some workers from returning to the labor market, occupying positions where there are openings,” said Steven Ricchiuto, chief economist at Mizuho Securities USA.
One of those openings went to 16-year-old Sophia Shannon. “It’s actually my very first job,” she says. Shannon landed a job at a Michael’s store in Lexington, Ky., And expects more of her peers to step in as well. “We’re all like, ‘We don’t have COVID anymore and we’re old enough to work now, maybe we should,” Shannon says.
Across the country, teens are finding a plethora of employment opportunities that could make this summer a profitable one. And it is also a good time for caregivers of parents. As more and more people return to the office, the demand for nannies and babysitters is skyrocketing.