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So much in one AP story about teens and summer and changes: the Disappearing Summer Job.

As summer 2017 begins, America’s teenagers are far less likely to be acquiring the kinds of experiences Doyle found so useful. Once a teenage rite of passage, the summer job is vanishing.

Instead of baling hay, scooping ice cream or stocking supermarket shelves in July and August, today’s teens are more likely to be enrolled in summer school, doing volunteer work to burnish their college credentials or just hanging out with friends.

For many, not working is a choice. For some others, it reflects a lack of opportunities where they live, often in lower-income urban areas: They sometimes find that older workers hold the low-skill jobs that once would have been available to them.

In July 1986, 57 percent of Americans ages 16 to 19 were employed. The proportion stayed over 50 percent until 2002 when it began dropping steadily. By last July, only 36 percent were working.

So much about modern America in one article. I was going to dissect this, almost line by line, but I have not the time – working my summer jobs.

My first summer job, of real employment, was conning people into helping people obtain gym memberships. Some 27 years later, I’m kind of still at it. I’m under contract for a fitness chapter in a new book (should be drafted and in next week) and writing a stand-alone book on the subject for the same publisher (later this summer). This is in no way typical.

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Gone like Pee Wee? Sinking liner.

There are:

Fewer jobs;

Massive competition for them;

Illegals and other immigrant inflation;

Pressures for college (for what that’s worth);

And the looming threat of total automation.

Please make of this material what you will. Did you have a summer job? Your kids? Food for thought in a changed nation. Where are we?

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