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The Continued Collapse of the Nation's Teen Summer Job Market: Who Worked in the Summer of 2011?

Release Date: September 29, 2011
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Teenagers experienced the greatest percentage point decline in employment in the last decade, according to Andy Sum, Northeastern University economics professor. Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies, reports the summer of 2011 tied with the summer of 2010 in having the lowest teen summer employment rate since the end of World War II at 30.1 percent. Teens from low-income households were least likely to have summer employment.

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Andrew Sum, Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston

Andrew M. Sum is a professor of economics and the director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. He has produced research on the labor market and workforce development on the local, state and national level for the past 40 years focusing on the experiences of teens, young adults, blue collar workers and older workers. His most recent research has focused on what he calls "The Lost Decade," and how the last ten years, including "The Great Recession," has seriously harmed young workers and young families with children.