Alica Cnbc pictureWhy teen summer jobs are making a comeback

Teens eyeing a summer job may be in luck. Employers have hired more workers in the 16-19 age group than in previous years and are offering higher pay as the labor shortage continues.



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Wall Street Journal. Anna Louie Sussman and Melissa Korn. Colleges Drill Down on Job-Listing Terms. April 4, 2016.

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Wall Street Journal. Lauren Weber and Melissa Korn. Where Did All the Entry-Level Jobs Go? August 5, 2014.