Bureau of Labor Statistics: Unemployment rate for 16-19 year olds is lowest in decades

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for teens ages 16-19 in May is 10.4% the lowest in decades.

Nadia Galindo

Jun 7, 2022, 9:57 PM

Updated 721 days ago

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Teens are now taking summer jobs, and newly released numbers show this age group now has the lowest unemployment rate since December 1957.
"I'm currently a lifeguard, I sometimes do privates group lessons at times,” said Selene Lopez, a lifeguard at Rye YMCA.
The 19 year-old college student studying law is using her summer break to earn cash by working at the place she grew up swimming.
"I worked a little in high school here and went off to college. and its nice to come back to a job where you kind of know everyone," Lopez said.
Selene is part of Generation Z, which has gotten reputation for being lazy and entitled, but it’s a reputation that data doesn't backup.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for teens ages 16-19 in May is 10.4% the lowest in decades.
Teens are helping fill in staff shortages nationwide.
"What we have been encountering is a huge shortage of aquatic staff,” said Vickie Tsakmakis, senior director of aquatics & safety, at Rye YMCA. "We have a lot of opportunities for youth and teens to be employed by us."
Tsakmakis said teen staff is vital to providing programs at the Y in fact this age group makes up nearly 18% of staff.
Economists believe high paying jobs are drawing teens into the workforce.
For example. a job as a lifeguard at the Y starts at roughly $16 an hour.
"Which I think is super competitive,” said Tsakmakis.
Rye YMCA is still searching for more lifeguards and swim instructors.
You must be at least 15 years old, a strong swimmer and undergo Red Cross lifeguard training.

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