During the past few years, the Center for Labor Market Studies of Northeastern University has been engaged in a diverse array of research activities focused on changing labor market conditions for the teens of the nation and young adults (those 16-24 years old) from the late 1980s to the present. Employment rates for teens fell considerably from 2000 through 2004 and remained at low levels for most of the past two years despite relatively strong overall job growth. The annual average employment rates for teens in 2004 and 2005 were the lowest in the last 57 years. Among the objectives of this research project is that of providing updates on changing youth labor market conditions to guide the formulation of future workforce development policies for teens, recent high school graduates, and other out-of-school young adults under the age of 25. Last year, we prepared two research papers on the projected summer 2006 job outlook for teenagers and their actual summer employmentexperiences during that year. This research paper is designed to describe and assess changes in summer employment outcomes for teens (16-19) in the U.S. from the summer of 2000 through 2006. It also will provide a projected job outlook for teens during the forthcoming summer of 2007 and review research findings on the impact of early post high school summer work experiences of JAG graduates from the Class of 2003 on their fall 2003 and spring 2004 employment status.


This report was published in April 2007 and was prepared for Jobs for America's Graduates, Alexandria, VA. by the Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston, MA.


teens, employment analysis, young adults

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Teenagers - Employement, Summer employment


Labor Economics


Northeastern University

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Northeastern University

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