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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Summer jobs aren’t for teens any more

Immigrant adults are taking summer jobs once done by U.S. teenagers, writes Paul Bedard in the Washington Examiner.

“Immigrants — legal and illegal — are crowding out U.S.-born teenagers in the labor market,” according to  Center of Immigration Studies report by Steven A. Camarota and Karen Zeigler.


Young people who worked in high school earn more after graduation than those with no job experience, “with wage differences tending to increase over time,” the report notes.

The number of teenagers working in the summer declined by a third since 2000, according to the Pew Research Center. Apparently, many are taking summer classes and working at unpaid community service jobs or unpaid internships to meet graduation requirements or enhance their college applications.

Fast-food places can’t find teenagers willing to work, reports the New York Times.

McDonald’s is installing self-ordering kiosks, writes Ed Rensi, former CEO of the company, on Forbes.

As of 2020, self-service ordering kiosks will be implemented at all U.S. McDonald’s locations. Other chains, including fast-casual brands like Panera and casual-dining brands like Chili’s, have already embraced this trend. Some restaurant concepts have even automated the food-preparation process; earlier this year, NBC News profiled “Flippy,” a robot hamburger flipper.

Rensi, who started as a burger flipper, blames higher minimum wages for pricing entry-level workers out of the job market.

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