I still remember my very first job. I worked in the rides department at the now demolished Six Flags Astroworld. I didn’t work at a real ride per se – I worked on the railroad. It was arguably the most boring attraction at the amusement park. I made 25 cents above minimum wage and thanks to the hot Houston sun, got a tan that led to people constantly walking up to me and speaking Spanish.
The job taught me one very important lesson about adulthood: Working sucks.
I hated many of my lazy co-workers, disliked many of the entitlement patrons even more, and realized just how quickly you can go broke after receiving a paycheck. On my second job at another now demolished movie theater – which only lasted a day – I realized that if I’m going to be paid to do a job I hate it had better pay well.
These are very important life lessons to have and it’s a shame the economy has hindered millions of teens from accumulating such knowledge.
The Labor Department reports that the unemployment rate for teenagers soared to 27.6%. And according to their statistics, the participation rate – teens who do work – fell to 36.2%. That’s the lowest since record keeping began in 1948.
Why can’t teenagers find work? It’s on you, sir and ma’am.
CNN Money says:
The surge in unemployment among 16 to 19 year-olds comes as the weak economy has forced a growing number of adults to compete for jobs that teens normally fill in industries such as retail and food service.
That’s a big problem for teens, who are generally seen as less qualified than adults because they have fewer years of work experience.