The Number Of Teens Seeking Summer Employment Expected To Rise Sharply In 2015

New national Junior Achievement "Teens and Summer Jobs" survey released

May 27, 2015, 08:10 ET from Junior Achievement USA

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A national survey of teens by Junior Achievement USA (JA) found that 61 percent of 13-17 year-olds plan to get a summer job this year, sharply contrasting to 2014, when just 20 percent of teens opted for summer employment.

Four-in-five teens who plan to work said they were "extremely sure" or "somewhat sure" they would be able to find employment.

Jack E. Kosakowski, president and chief executive officer of Junior Achievement USA, noted, "It is encouraging that most teens are optimistic. A summer job provides a teen with money for college or other expenses, as well as invaluable real-world experience."

Other notable survey data:

  • While most will do a combination of saving and spending, 19 percent of teens will save all of the money they earn, and 15 percent will invest at least some of the money they earn.
  • Other than saving college, the top item to save for is a car or vehicle.
  • Fifty-four percent expect to work for a local community business, 21 percent will work for themselves and 15 percent will seek an internship to further their career goals.
  • Only 1 percent of teens said they did not think they would be able to find summer employment because there are "not enough jobs in my community."

This report presents the findings of ORC International's Youth CARAVAN survey conducted among a sample of 501 13-17 year olds.  This survey was live on April 14-19, 2015.

About Junior Achievement USA® (JA)

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches more than 4.5 million students per year in 115 markets across the United States, with an additional 5.8 million students served by operations in 120 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement USA is a member of JA Worldwide. Visit for more information.

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SOURCE Junior Achievement USA