Baltimore officials say young adults need a leg up into the workforce
Just a third of Maryland teens worked last summer, compared with well over half in 2000, according to an analysis by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Nationwide, the slump was just as severe. The center says the job market for teens isn’t just rough, it’s in a depression.
“The last two summers were the all-time record low for the country,” said Andrew Sum, the center’s director.
Various explanations have been offered for the sharp drop in teen employment, which began falling even before the recession: larger numbers of young people taking unpaid internships; more competition from older workers; a higher minimum wage.
Beyond that, companies don’t do nearly as much summer hiring as they used to, Sum said.
“The whole summer job market has kind of collapsed on itself,” he said.