Fewer Teens Expecting to Work This Summer, According To New Junior Achievement Summer Jobs Poll

Most Significant Drop in Three Years

May 21, 2003, 01:00 ET from Junior Achievement

    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
 national poll.
     "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 ebodensiek@ja.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