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Old 12-25-2011, 08:08 AM
 
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Not that long ago there used to be a lot of places for kids to have a job after school. Local shops would have stock boys / local delivery service that utilized kids 16 or younger. Cashiers at many local shops used to be predominately 16 year olds. Even the chain stores seem to have cut back on the underage cashiers, while I still do hear a shout of "21 on 4" as the call for a liquor purchase it seems like few stores employ underage people.

I suppose some of this has to do with the economy and older people staying in the workforce longer while some it has to do with the desire of employers to rely more on folks with cars and more ability to work when it is convenient to the employer regardless of school schedule and curfews.

How many businesses in your area still seem to have a lot of kids working for them?
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:12 PM
 
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I have noticed fewer kids working as well, but still a few doing delivery (ex. pizza). Babysitting seems to be popular, and they make much better $ these days.

When I was growing up the kids would make good $$ shoveling in winter. But Kids don't seem interested in that kind of hard work anymore. No one has knocked on my parents' door in 20 years except for the odd handyman 5 years ago looking for work.
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Old 12-25-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: South Chicagoland
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Kids will spontaneously walk out the door in the middle of a shift and quit when the boss starts to act like a total jerk. Or when they realize how much BS surrounds them on the job. Those sh*tty minimum wage jobs are now mostly reserved for adults with bills to pay and spirits that have been broken. Merry Christmas!

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Old 12-25-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Females have more opportunities then males.
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Old 12-25-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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Around here I still see some kids working the fast food places and Target and stuff. Some of the young people I see might be college students though. Its hard for anyone to get a job now. Many college grads have had to keep the crappy part time or low wage jobs because others are so hard to find and these folks, along with adults that need to work have crowded out the high school kids.
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Old 12-26-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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Yes, agreed that many of the retail jobs now are taken by adults who have been downsized out of their corporate jobs or are out of work from the trades. SAD sad sad.
There seem to be season opportunities for teens in our area at the park districts however at least in our area.
Do high schools have career opportunity programs like they used to? Like work/study programs? Perhaps that is a solution.
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:40 PM
 
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Not that long ago there used to be a lot of places for kids to have a job after school. Local shops would have stock boys / local delivery service that utilized kids 16 or younger. Cashiers at many local shops used to be predominately 16 year olds. Even the chain stores seem to have cut back on the underage cashiers, while I still do hear a shout of "21 on 4" as the call for a liquor purchase it seems like few stores employ underage people.

I suppose some of this has to do with the economy and older people staying in the workforce longer while some it has to do with the desire of employers to rely more on folks with cars and more ability to work when it is convenient to the employer regardless of school schedule and curfews.

How many businesses in your area still seem to have a lot of kids working for them?
It used to be as a 16 or 17 year old kid you could land a job in a matter of a day. I think it's just that companies are cutting back before they may have had a dozen employees they didnt even really need just extra coverage now they are trimming the fat and only hiring those they really need to have.

Another factor is that you have older people who are out of other lines of work are taking on retail jobs and other jobs that in the past were more for kids.

This actually works to the benefit of the business. Not to stereotype but I've managed retail stores, restaurants, have a buddy who is a gm in a fast food restaurant. He constantly complains that younger kids will routinely call in sick on friday and saturday nights, if there's a great party going on and they dont want to miss it and have to work they will just quit because they dont need the job. With younger kids they often cant work late at night, cant work more than such and such hours per week, etc. You also generally dont want a 17 year old kid being a keyholder opening and closing, bank deposits, etc where as an older person can do all that

If you have a kid looking for a job places to look are probably the places that have to have young kids. For example Walmart it doesn't matter whether you have a 30 year old guy or a 16 year old kid but a store like Abercrombie or American Eagle isnt going to hire a 30 year old guy its going to be younger kids for the "image" so those types of places are probably a better place to look. I do have a 17 year old nephew who just got a job at target so there are opportunites everywhere tho
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Old 12-28-2011, 12:02 AM
 
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My brother's friends (16-18) all work at McDonald's and Jewel.
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