Summer Increasing Youth Work Nationwide, Accident Risks Up Too!

The number of employed youth is on the rise.

According to the most recent reports from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the number of employed workers between the ages of 16- and 24-years-old rose by more than 2 million, to sit at nearly 20 million total, from April to June of 2012.

This means that more than 50 percent of our nation’s youth was employed during this time.
During these months, we see some of the largest numbers of young employees in the workforce. Students who are out on summer break look to get that seasonal position to help to save cash and newly-graduated students look for their dream job in a permanent position. July saw the biggest increase in these workers, with an increase in more than 835,000. This is significantly up in comparison to the less than 745,000 workers during the same time in 2011.

Our Rock Hill workers’ compensation lawyers understand that the rise in youth employment highlights employers’ obligation to follow rules, regulations and laws designed to help to protect these young and vulnerable workers. Work accidents are common among these young workers. It’s important that they’re aware of their rights. Make sure they know that they’re entitled to a safe work environment and they’re urged to speak up if they see anything less. Oftentimes these young workers are hesitant to speak up about on-the-job hazards because they’re in fear of losing their job or simply aren’t aware of these rights. Talk with your young worker today to make sure they’re in a safe work environment!

Youth Labor Force Statistics, April through July of 2012:

-This labor force grew by 2.9 million during the entire summer.

-There were 23.5 million youth workers during this time.

-The number of youth workers was up more than 60 percent in July of 2012 in comparison to July of 2011.

-The July 2012 participation rate was 17 percentage points below the peak rate for that month in 1989.

-The labor force participation among these young workers in July of 2012 was 63.2 percent.

-Young women’s rate: 57.8 percent.

-Young men’s rate: 57.8 percent.

-Since 1989, the young worker participation rate during this time has trended downward, falling by about 20 percentage points.

-More than 25 percent of the youth working during this time were employed in the leisure and hospitality sector. This sector includes food services.

-The number of youth who were unemployed during July of 2012 was 4 million, not changing much from the 4.1 million unemployed during the same time in 2011.

-The youth unemployment rate was 17.1 percent in July of this year.

Teens! Listen up! We’d like to remind you that you have rights and that your employer has a responsibility to make sure that your work environment is safe. Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) offer you your own website to help you get more familiar with these rights. It’s the “Young Workers: You have rights!” wesbite. This site will not only help you to know what to do in the event of a work-related accident, but it can also help you to prevent job-related injuries and illnesses.

If you or your teen has been injured in a work accident, contact the Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. for legal advice regarding your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 today!

More Blog Entries:

Work Injury Watch: Southeast Officials Pushing Fall Safety on the Work Site, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, August 20, 2012

North Carolina Warns of Lead Exposure in Workplace, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, August 12, 2012

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