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Teens Go The Restaurant Way For Jobs, Shortage Still Persist

The Bureau of Labor Statistics that comes under Depart of Labor recently declared that number of teenagers working in the hotel industry is now at 1.7 million the same figure that was in 2017.  Though the number of restaurant employees in the age group of 16 to 19 years has gone up the participation rate has stagnated since 2016. This could be because the restaurant industry has managed to get teenagers from other industries like retail which has been plagued by store closures. According to senior economist Daniel Zhao from Glassdoor, the movement of labor between retail and restaurant industry is a reflection of existing tight labor market.

During 2017 around 41.3 % teenagers had held jobs but during 2018 only 35.1 % were holding jobs and the young labor force was struggling to recover from financial crisis. But now teenagers are enhancing their resumes with summer classes and community service for better job opportunity. As per projections of Bureau of Labor Statistics the number of teenagers in labor force is likely to fall by 600,000 between now and 2026 as older workers will slowly join the workforce of restaurants.

It is predicted that adults in the age group of 55 years and more will join restaurants as in recent years there has been 70 % increase in their influx between 2007 and 2018. While earlier teenagers used to outnumber adults in restaurant industry by 3 – 1 now the ration has narrowed down to 2 – 1. Zhao says that this could also be due to the fact that now people are living longer and with age health care costs and financial needs also increase forcing them to work longer to sustain lifestyle. As per predictions of Bureau of Labor Statistics adults older than 65 years and more will be biggest component of American workforce in the next decade.

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