[This report was originally issued in Spring 2010]
National Consumers League Report:
2010’s Five Worst Teen Jobs
- Traveling Youth Sales Crews
- Construction and Height Work
- Outside Helper: Landscaping, Groundskeeping and Lawn Service
- Agriculture: Harvesting Crops
- Driver/Operator: Forklifts, Tractors, and ATV’s
[The five worst jobs for teens are not ranked in order]
It’s that time of the year. Teenagers are starting to think about their summer jobs. Where will they work? What kind of work will they do? What will it pay?
In 2008, approximately 2.3 million adolescents aged 15 to 17 years worked in the U.S. Unfortunately, the global recession has impacted teen hiring here in the U.S. and jobs are particularly hard to come by for teens these days. According to the New York Times in April 2010, the U.S. economy lost 8.2 million jobs in the previous two years and the teen unemployment rate had risen 26 percent, compared to 9.7 percent for the nation at large. Increasingly, teens are competing with more experienced adults for jobs. The National Consumer League (NCL) worries that the difficulty in finding jobs will lead teens to take jobs that are too dangerous for them.