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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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