The national unemployment rate for teenagers is 22.5%. On Monday the Common Household unemployment rate for teenagers was 100%. In their defense, the two household teenagers eligible for summer jobs have been concentrating on taking exams, and that is as it should be. They did make some effort to find jobs in early April, before all this test-taking started, but without success.
From my completely unbiased perspective, local businesses should be fighting to hire these two worthy individuals. Hey, Local Businesses, these are hard-working, trustworthy kids. Please hire them for the next two months. You could even get a two-fer – hire both of them at the same time. A sibling package!
On April 15, I expressed my frustration that neither kid had been able to line up a summer job yet. I said to my son, “I don’t understand it. You and Oldest Daughter should be highly employable.” He said, “Well, at least I’m tax deductible.”
The next day, he was planning to go out hunting for a summer job. I was hoping he was finding the right method to follow on this task. I asked, philosophically, “Have you found your path?” Son said, “I can find the length of a path using integrals…”
He had applied to Subway sandwich shops. I asked him why he wanted to work there, and he said he hoped they would give him free sandwiches. He made it sound like all we fed him was hardtack and gruel, like he should wear a sign that says “Will Work For Food.” (Actually that could save me quite a bit of money.) He also applied to the local ice cream shop, probably for a similar reason.
He was very disappointed to find out recently that the ice cream shop was not hiring anybody else for the summer.
His latest thought: “Maybe I could get a summer job at the Ski Shop.”
On Wednesday we brought Oldest Daughter home from college. By Thursday afternoon she had been hired on the spot as an aide at a local nursing home. Thanks, Local Business! The Common Household unemployment rate is dropping fast. Demand for the family car will be increasing accordingly.