Drop In Summer Work For Teenagers Linked To Increased Immigration

The rise of low-skill immigration in recent decades, combined with other factors, has reduced the ability of teenagers to get summer jobs, according to the Atlantic.

“In the summer of 1978, 60 percent of teens were working or looking for work,” the Atlantic‘s Derek Thompson recently wrote. “Last summer, just 35 percent were.”

One reason why teens work less today is that immigrants fill more jobs, such as restaurant servers and retail salespeople, while experienced American workers also compete for these positions.

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