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Winter 2002-03 Vol. 46, Number 4

Summertime, summer teens: Summer school enrollment and the youth labor force

What do teens do all summer?


In July 2002, 5.4 million 16- to 19-year-olds were enrolled in school during the summer, and 9.3 million were either working or looking for work. Compared with teen activity in July 1994, though, those data reflect an increase in school enrollment during the summer and a decrease in labor force participation.

This article explores some of the changes in the way teens spend their summers. The section on summer school enrollment examines overall trends. The discussion of teens’ labor force participation includes information about the types of jobs they have, the hours they work, and the wages they earn.

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U.S. Department of Labor
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Last Updated: May 22, 2003