Teens Say Summer Jobs Aren't What They Used To Be

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Rising gas prices aren't making things any easier on people right now, especially young people trying to make money over the summer.

Between the economy and prices at the pump, they say, summer jobs aren't what they used to be.

Several high school students we talked to who already have jobs going into the summer say all the money they make seems to go to one thing.

“I wanted to have my own spending money, but now it just goes into gas,” Matt Ausmus said.

“I make 2.13 an hour plus tips still doesn't quite cover gas prices these days,” Tayler Partin said.

Even though Tayler Partin's old enough to drive, the Middlesboro High School Junior says she's satisfied with giving money to others to hitch rides with them for now.

Ashley Capps says she can't have that much fun with her earnings from a local department store with gas prices rising so fast, “That's twice the money I used before so that means I don't get to use it on what I want.”

She says working over the summer is still a great lesson in keeping a budget before she heads off to UK in the fall.

Those who have jobs say they're the lucky ones.

They say a lot of the typical summer jobs are taken by those hit hard by the sluggish economy.

According to the teens we talked to more jobs is what is what we need to simply keep up with the rising prices.

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  • by Retired Educator Location: E. Ky on May 30, 2008 at 12:50 PM
    Oh, sorry Wow!! Just because you had it hard going to school, you spew your bitterness at everyone. I, too, had to work long and hard and even after graduation, it took many years to pay back all the loans...However, it made me a better person and I feel for these kids!! Like I said, they ARE continuing to work...Give them some credit!!
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 29, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    This is the Real Wow you (edited) poser! (edited) Btw I say if you work at mcdonalds or a cltothing store and dont like min wage yes you should get a real job with real work. Ive worked in sod fields for $7 cash hr and drywall for $6 I even washed cars for $5hr before. I never blamed others for the low pay as $7 cash is better than $10 after taxes. Also on a final note me the real Wow has attended EKU and Sullivan universities. I know how hard it is for students to make it past the 1st 2 semesters after the schools lie or skrew up and you dont file for financial aid in time.
  • by Retired Educator Location: E Ky on May 29, 2008 at 10:59 AM
    Kudos to the young people who are working!! At least they are out there putting forth an effort. Wow needs an attitude adjustment. Obviously, he/she has never had to pay tuition, books, and get back and forth to classes, as well as eat...and many of these kids don't have RICH parents, just people who work and try to make ends meet!! Give these kids credit for trying...Keep it up kids...you will be successful.
  • by jason Location: lexington on May 29, 2008 at 08:15 AM
    It is very obvious that the Richmond writer is either rich or doesn't have college age children. With newly enacted laws and regulations it is almost impossible for a young person to finish school, few summer jobs,outrageous gas prices,tuition rates through the ceiling,fewer student loans and grants,and a goverment that caters to the rich and we wonder what is wrong with this country. Terri you are so correct, this country under the republican rule has done some real damage to our young people trying to better themselves.
  • by terri Location: east ky on May 29, 2008 at 06:24 AM
    Now of course this has nothing to do with the failed Bush economic policies that have devastated the work force for the last 7 years.It is so sad to see a young person just trying to make it in the greatest country on earth.
  • by Wow Location: Richmond on May 29, 2008 at 05:19 AM
    Quit yer crying about $2.13 an hour plus tips. If you want something better, don't work in a restaurnt. Bagging groceries pays over 6 bucks an hour. You crying little babies want more money for menial labor jobs; you are spoiled! Face it, nobody will pay you 10 bucks an hour for being a high school kid on a summer job unless you want to work in the fields and the Mexicans got all those jobs because they don't mind doing hard work. Ride your bike to work if you want to save money.


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