Money Matters: Summer jobs and the gig economy

June 7, 2019 11:00

Summer jobs don’t look like they used to!

This rite of passage for teens across the country still leads to an employment boost among the younger age group over the summer months, but more adults across their careers are participating in the part-time economy than ever. At the same time, more teens are involved in other activities like internships, sports, volunteering and building those college resumes.

Still, summer is an opportunity for consumer reporters to take a look at how “side gigs” and summer jobs are impacting the community. 

One creative idea is this recurring segment exploring different summer jobs. Find some of the more unique seasonal opportunities in your area and try them for a day! You’ll get a fun feature with an opportunity to show the numbers, too.

A segment on summer jobs could also include pointers on how to choose a side job- what are the pros and cons of part-time work vs a contract role? What are some job opportunities most people don’t think about?

And be sure to follow people other than teens trying these types of jobs to show the pros and cons of specific “gig economy” jobs and how they’re affecting other groups in your area.

Here’s another angle to the summer job story: The latest jobs report shows job growth is slowing. Is hiring affected at local businesses or contract work jobs in your area?

Later, during tax time, revisit those jobs you tried for a day and talk about tax tips for freelance or part-time contract workers, which can be complex.
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