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Teen Hiring Is Snowballing Amid Staffing Crisis, Rising Entry-Level Pay

Faced with persistent worker shortages, retailers, along with other employers, are turning to teens to fill the gap, much as they did over the summer, according to a Nov. 25 article in USA Today. Many businesses are tapping teenagers because they can’t find adults. Job openings reached a record 10.4 million in September. And last month, 49% of small business owners said they had openings they couldn’t fill, down just slightly from the all-time high of 51% the previous month, according to the National Federation of Independent Business. Teens represent the only age group whose share of members working or looking for jobs has increased from before the pandemic, according to BLS. Wages for teenagers working at small- to midsize retailers have risen from $9.40 in March to $10.33 in November, according to Gusto, a payroll processor for small businesses.

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