With summer now upon us, here’s a short update on teenagers and working part-time jobs. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that teen employment rates have been on the decline now for several years. Back in the year 2000, fifty-two-percent of all teens were working. By 2019, that number had dropped to thirty-four-percent. During 2022, the number decreased even further, with only just under thirty-three percent of teenagers in the part-time work force. Experts tells us that the benefits of teen employment are many. Kids learn social skills from working with others, interacting with customers, learning to take on responsibility, and learning how to receive constructive criticism and feedback. Teens also learn how to be reliable, responsible, and flexible. In addition, kids can gain insights into desired future vocations as they learn more about their interests, abilities, and giftedness. Parents, encourage your kids to work, and to work to the glory of God!