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2020 teen summer employment was lowest since Great Recession

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LOS ANGELES - The number of summer jobs for teens amid the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 plummeted to its lowest level since the Great Recession, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center.

Pew observed monthly average employment rates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for June, July and August 2020 among 16- to 19-year-olds and found less than a third (30.8%) of U.S.

teens had a paying job last summer. During the Great Recession in 2008, only 29.6% of teens had a job during the same time span which is only a 1.2% difference compared to 2020. "As recently as 2000, more than half (51.7%) of U.S.

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