COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Eighty one percent of
teens plan to work this summer, down from 85 percent in 2002 and 86 percent in
2001, according to the 2003 Junior Achievement Interprise Poll(TM) on Summer
Jobs. Additionally, 30 percent of teens who held a job in the summer of 2002
are somewhat pessimistic about finding a job this summer, while 45 percent are
somewhat optimistic. A total of 1,101 teens participated in this year's
"All in all, 81 percent is still a high percentage," said Dr. Darrell
Luzzo, senior vice president of education for Junior Achievement. "However,
the trend does support other data out there that the sluggish economy and
increased competition from the adult workforce may be keeping some teens out
of the job market this summer."
However, older teens seem to already have a foothold in the economy, with
55 percent of 17 year-olds and 76 percent of those 18 years of age or older
holding jobs during the year. Of all respondents, 40 percent indicated that
they held a job during the school year.
In terms of types of jobs teens plan to have this summer, 21 percent
expect to work in restaurants/fast food, 21 percent in retail/sales, 16
percent in babysitting, 10 percent in an office and 9 percent in
lifeguard/recreation. The number of teens planning to work in offices nearly
doubled between 2002 and 2003.
On the compensation front, 24 percent of teens expect to earn more than
$7.50 per hour in their summer jobs. Approximately 33 percent of male teens
anticipate achieving this wage level compared to 18 percent of female
students. The wage disparity may be due to male concentration in construction
and landscaping jobs, which typically pay more.
As for "why" teens work, 40 percent work for extra spending money, 24
percent are saving for college, 19 percent want to pay for a car, 9 percent
wish to gain work experience and 7 percent are working to help support their
The 2003 Junior Achievement Interprise Poll(TM) on Summer Jobs was
conducted online by Junior Achievement in March. A total of 1,101 students
To read full details of this poll, visit the Research Center on www.ja.org
under Student Center. For more information, contact Edwin Bodensiek at (719)
540-6297 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Junior Achievement
Junior Achievement is the world's largest and fastest-growing organization
dedicated to educating young people about business, economics and free
enterprise. Through age-appropriate curricula, JA programs begin at the
elementary school level, teaching children how they can impact the world
around them as individuals, workers and consumers. JA programs continue
through the middle and high school grades, preparing students for additional
key economic and workforce issues they will face in the future. Today JA
reaches more than four million students through 150 offices nationwide and
another two million students in more than 100 countries worldwide. For more
information, visit www.ja.org .
SOURCE Junior Achievement