Summer Work: Fewer Summer Jobs Available Today

July 25, 2012 12:00 AM
Summer Work: Fewer Summer Jobs Available Today
" BOSTON (CBS) – Just ten years ago, summer work was a rite of passage for teens. These days, that’s not the case.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030′s Mary Blake reports:

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Do you remember your summer job when you were a teen? Boston Mayor Tom Menino remembers his.

“One of them was cleaning out furnaces. Ever try to clean out a big furnace in 95 degree weather and you have to climb into a little hole and get soot all over you? Uh, uh! A tough job, but my parents made me do it and I did it,” Menino recalled.

Now, turn the page to teen jobs in 2012. It’s a vastly different picture than just ten years ago.

Neil Sullivan, Executive Director of the Boston Private Industry Council, says the number has plummeted fifty percent.

“You know, if you’re over 30, you remember your summer job and you remember the summer job your friends had. If you’re under 30, you remember who had a summer job, maybe it was you, and you certainly know how they got that hookup, and it probably wasn’t on their own "

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