Less than 31% of U.S. teens had a paying job during the pandemic summer of 2020, according to a Pew Research Center analysis, the lowest level since the Great Recession.
The plunging job numbers, due to the closure or restrictions of restaurants, shops and tourist centers, reversed more recent gains in teen summer employment.
As recently as 2000, according to Pew, nearly 52% of U.S. teens had summer jobs, although that number had declined since then. In 2019, nearly 36% of teens worked over the summer.
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