Most teens don't want a summer job, according to recent reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An estimated 11.4 million teens between the ages of 16 and 19 didn't work in 2013. And of those who weren't working, only 8.3% said they wanted a job.
The number of teens working over the summer has declined since the late 1970s. In 1978, nearly 3 in 4 teens had a job, but as of last year, only about 4 in 10 teens were working.
Not all teens are sleeping all day and lounging at the beach, however. The statistics on summer school show that more teens than ever are taking summer classes. Many other teens are busy with sports, summer camps, and other activities that would interfere with getting a job.
If you're not sure if you want your teen getting a job this summer, check out these 6 benefits teens gain from having a job.