US cities where there are the most working teens

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American teenagers aren’t working as much as they once did. Compared with previous decades, teens today have higher demands on their time thanks to extended school enrollment, volunteer community service requirements, and unpaid internships. There are also fewer entry-level jobs to go around.

Just 35% of Americans between the ages of 16 and 19 participate in the workforce, according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, down from 53% in 1998. The accommodation and food services industry is more likely to employ teens rather than the once-popular fields of retail, construction, or manufacturing.

Despite the national drop-off, teens remain a significant source of labor in many cities. LendingTree researchers analyzed Census Bureau data to determine the places with the highest percentages of working teens between the ages of 16 and 19. We ranked the 100 largest U.S. cities based on the number of teens in the local labor force, including working teens and those actively seeking a job.

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25. Charlotte, North Carolina

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 44,126

Teens in the labor force: 19,758

Percent of teens in the labor force: 44.8%

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24. Boise City, Idaho

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 10,782

Teens in the labor force: 4,839

Percent of teens in the labor force: 44.9%

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23. Louisville, Kentucky

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 31,908

Teens in the labor force: 14,337

Percent of teens in the labor force: 44.9%

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22. Madison, Wisconsin

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 17,690

Teens in the labor force: 7,996

Percent of teens in the labor force: 45.2%

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21. Tulsa, Oklahoma

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 19,876

Teens in the labor force: 9,053

Percent of teens in the labor force: 45.5%

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20. Chesapeake, Virginia

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 11,520

Teens in the labor force: 5,305

Percent of teens in the labor force: 46.1%

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19. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 31,343

Teens in the labor force: 14,672

Percent of teens in the labor force: 46.8%

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18. Wichita, Kansas

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 18,880

Teens in the labor force: 8,882

Percent of teens in the labor force: 47.0%

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17. Nashville, Tennessee

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 31,133

Teens in the labor force: 14,661

Percent of teens in the labor force: 47.1%

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16. St. Paul. Minnesota

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 16,606

Teens in the labor force: 7,835

Percent of teens in the labor force: 47.2%

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15. Toledo, Ohio

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 14,557

Teens in the labor force: 6,905

Percent of teens in the labor force: 47.4%

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14. Reno, Nevada

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 12,535

Teens in the labor force: 5,956

Percent of teens in the labor force: 47.5%

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13. Virginia Beach, Virginia

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 20,729

Teens in the labor force: 9,959

Percent of teens in the labor force: 48.0%

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12. Minneapolis, Minnesota

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 21,512

Teens in the labor force: 10,391

Percent of teens in the labor force: 48.3%

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11. Gilbert, Arizona

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 181,453

Teens in the labor force: 7,299

Percent of teens in the labor force: 49.2%

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10. Colorado Springs, Colorado

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 25,388

Teens in the labor force: 12,652

Percent of teens in the labor force: 49.8%

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9. Chandler, Arizona

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 12,825

Teens in the labor force: 6,443

Percent of teens in the labor force: 50.2%

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8. Norfolk, Virginia

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 15,156

Teens in the labor force: 7,677

Percent of teens in the labor force: 50.7%

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7. Anchorage, Alaska

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 14,996

Teens in the labor force: 7,693

Percent of teens in the labor force: 51.3%

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6. Lexington, Kentucky

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 16,322

Teens in the labor force: 8,406

Percent of teens in the labor force: 51.5%

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5. Glendale, Arizona

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 15,052

Teens in the labor force: 7,811

Percent of teens in the labor force: 51.9%

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4. Fort Wayne, Indiana

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 14,335

Teens in the labor force: 7,472

Percent of teens in the labor force: 52.1%

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3. Aurora, Colorado

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 17,753

Teens in the labor force: 9,508

Percent of teens in the labor force: 53.6%

Aurora – although not technically in the Midwest – rounds out our top three with 53.6% of teenagers in the workforce. However, many teens who are just hunting still can’t find work — the teen unemployment rate is nearly 24%.

Jobs for teens in Aurora include positions at food establishments like Auntie Anne’s Pretzels and Chick-fil-A, as well as openings at child care facilities and hotels. The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment promotes youth employment through the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, a program connecting 14- to 24-year-olds with work opportunities. As in Nebraska, Colorado teens younger than 16 are not allowed to work more than 8 hours each day or more than 40 hours per week.

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2. Omaha, Nebraska

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 25,794

Teens in the labor force: 14,744

Percent of teens in the labor force: 57.2%

Of the 25,794 teenagers between 16 and 19 years old in Omaha, 57.2% are in the workforce. The teen unemployment rate is 14.1%, meaning about 2,000 teens are seeking work but can’t find employment.

Similar to Lincoln, jobs for teens in Omaha include fast-food positions at restaurants like Popeyes, Wendy’s, and Chipotle. Home2 Suites by Hilton, also hires teens in Omaha for housekeeping positions. Employers throughout Nebraska have recently struggled to fill jobs and retain workers of all ages, The Omaha World-Herald reports. A number of statewide and local initiatives have been put in place to boost workforce development, some targeting teenagers. For instance, community organization Step-Up Omaha helps teens find and train for employment opportunities with companies looking to fill key roles.

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1. Lincoln, Nebraska

US cities where there are the most working teens

Teens: 18,562

Teens in the labor force: 11,136

Percent of teens in the labor force: 60.0%

In Lincoln, 11,136 teens participate in the labor force, 60% of the 18,562 teenagers aged 16 to 19 in the city. Of those in the workforce, 12.9% are unemployed and unable to find work.

Available jobs for teens in the state capital include food service jobs at chains like Buffalo Wild Wings, Raising Cane’s, and Jimmy John’s. Nebraska regulates the employment of teens younger than 16. Teenagers between the ages of 14 and 15 may not work more than eight hours a day or 48 hours per week before 6 a.m. or after 10 p.m. Programs also exist to provide support for working teens. Local nonprofit Youth Employment and Support Services helps teens and young adults in Lincoln find employment while managing their education. The organization provides financial assistance and job leads to qualifying participants.

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Methodology

US cities where there are the most working teens

In order to rank the places with the most working teens, researchers looked at the number of teenagers in the largest 100 cities compared with the number of teenagers who were in the workforce, either employed or unemployed. Data for all sources come from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2018.

This article originally appeared on LendingTree.com