Only three out of every 10 teenagers, ages 16 to 19, is likely to have a summer job.
That’s the lowest level of teen employment in nearly 70 years. The Associated Press projected this figure, using a combination of an August 2011 Northeastern University census analysis and additional reporting.
The reasons? Teens are competing with college graduates, the elderly and immigrants for the typical summer gigs at restaurants, malls and parks.
While all categories studied trend downward compared to 10 years ago, it’s interesting to note where Missouri currently ranks relative to other parts of the nation. Below we’ve parsed the available data from the Northeastern analysis to see how the state compares for teens according to category, national ranking and percentage.
Labor Force Participation Rate: 6th (57.5%)
Employment-to-Population Ratio: 15th (40.4%)
Unemployment Rate: 40th (tied) (29.8%)
Labor Force Working Less Than Desired: 16th (45.8%)