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Competition for McJobs Hits Teens: High-School Students with Jobs Hits 20-Year Low

Desert Denizen Wrote: Jun 03, 2012 12:34 AM
My wife owns a small fast food restaurant. The current labor laws greatly inhibit hiring high school age workers. First of all they cannot touch some of the food making equipment, others they cannot clean, they cannot wash knives, they cannot operate the cash register, and the hours that they are allowed to work are limited. In addition, the minimum wage here of $8/hour makes hiring them expensive. We manage to hire a few, but have to pass most by.

High school and college kids typically get the jobs that are left over, that no one else really wants, such as working at McDonalds.

However, competition for any job is now so intense, that teens cannot find any job that no one else wants.

As a result of that increased competition, Number of high-school students with jobs hits 20-year low

The American job market is no place for students as the number of employed high schoolers has hit its lowest level in more than 20 years, according to new figures from the National Center for Education Statistics.

In 1990, 32 percent of high...

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