Sur­vey Shows Youths Find­ing Sum­mer Jobs

The Oakdale Leader - - SPORTS -

Are young peo­ple still hold­ing down sum­mer gigs? Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent sur­vey from the fi­nance ex­perts at Op­pLoans, 63 per­cent of teens and young adults have a job lined up for the sum­mer – who said kids these days were lazy?

The sur­vey, which looked at 1,000 Amer­i­cans be­tween the ages of 14 to 24, re­vealed that young peo­ple plan on work­ing hard this sum­mer – and no, they’re not just plan­ning on be­com­ing YouTube stars or In­sta­gram in­flu­encers. Most re­spon­dents said they’d be work­ing tra­di­tional jobs, with more than 50 per­cent reporting sum­mer jobs in food ser­vice, re­tail or the child­care in­dus­try.

By the end of the sum­mer, these young hustlers ex­pect to make an av­er­age of $4,037. Sur­vey data showed they plan to save at least 57 per­cent of their sum­mer in­come, and hoped to have an av­er­age of $2,301 in the bank by the time school starts in the fall.

And they’ll be us­ing these sav­ings wisely: 45 per­cent of re­spon­dents said they plan to use their sum­mer earn­ings to­wards col­lege tu­ition or liv­ing ex­penses, and 16 per­cent said they’ll be us­ing the money to help sup­port their fam­ily.

While the ma­jor­ity of young peo­ple across the coun­try said they planned to have a job this sum­mer, the Op­pLoans team was sur­prised by some of the re­gional dif­fer­ences.

“Our data showed that young peo­ple in the Mid­west were the most likely to have sum­mer jobs, at 69 per­cent,” said Caro­line Thomp­son, who led the Op­pLoans re­search team.

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