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Fast-Food Problem: Where have all the TEENAGERS vanished?

The number of teenage-workers at restaurants has gotten less and less over the past years and the graph seems to show no hope of going up. In 90s there were 56 teenage workers on average at every ‘limited service’ restaurant.

This number has gotten less than half that time, which is an indication of decrease in teenage labor force and increase in restaurant work supply.

Cheap labor is of utmost importance in restaurants for maintaining the low price of the food, but it may change very soon. The increased demand in workforce is an incentive for business owner to fulfill their demand for workers.

Owners of the restaurants have started working behind the counter, which is something they had never imagined. Everything that can be done to find workers is being done i.e. putting up online ads, asking for referral, and whatnot.

Owners worry that there will be a time when they will simply not be able to serve the ever growing crowd at restaurants and then the customers will start to leave in anger, never to be returned.

According to a recent analysis that was conducted by economists at Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that the trend of increased emphasis on education, and getting scholarships is a major contributor in the decline of workforce. Due to which the trend of increase in pay has kick-started.

This change is not only affecting the pay but the policies and attitude of the employers towards the employees.

‘Thirty years ago, I would not put up with the stuff I put up with today,’ said John Motta, a longtime Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee in Nashua, N.H. when an employee was recently absent from his shift.

“You try not to be too harsh on them,” he said, “because you’re afraid tomorrow they’re not going to show up.”

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