Why, When I was a Teen….

By July 29, 2008Human Resources

From today’s Washington Examiner, an article about D.C.-area teens not wanting to work, not having to work, just not working this summer.

Today’s teens “have been more sheltered than any others in history,” said Reena Nadler, a researcher at Great Falls-based generational consulting firm LifeCourse Associates. She cited seat belt laws, “Baby on Board” signs, school locker checks and near-ubiquitous security cameras.

Those factors, along with unprecedented levels of like-mindedness and even fondness for their parents, have tempered the cries for independence that led previous generations of teens to work menial jobs for minimum wage, Nadler said.

 Minimum wage, huh. Might that be a factor, as well? From the Department of Labor:

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor reminds employers and employees that the federal minimum wage will increase to $6.55 on Thursday, July 24. With this change, employees who are covered by the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) will be entitled to pay at no less than $6.55 per hour.

This increase is the second of three provided by the enactment of the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. A third minimum wage increase to $7.25 an hour will become effective on July 24, 2009. Last year, on July 24, the minimum wage increased to $5.85 an hour.

The Department of Labor announces the July unemployment figures on Friday. We’ll be quite interested to see what the numbers are for teen workers. Increasing marginal costs might just have an impact.



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