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 families. The 2003 Junior Achievement Interprise Poll(TM) on Summer Jobs was conducted online by Junior Achievement in March. A total of 1,101 students participated. 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 .
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