FIGURE 2-4 Working 15-to 17-Year-Olds, byoccupation (in percent). Source: Data from 1996 Current Population Survey March Supplement.

twice the percentage of employed 15-year-olds working in agriculture than 16-and 17-year-olds (based on data from 1995 CPS March Supplement) 7.

The types of jobs that adolescents hold are varied. As shown in Figure 2-4, the most common job held by 15-to 17-year-olds, is cashier (16 percent), followed by cook (7 percent), stock handler (7 percent), food-counter worker (5 percent), waiter (4 percent), waiters' assistant (4 percent), and food-preparation worker (4 percent). However, the job titles youngsters have may not reflect the actual nature of the tasks they perform (Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 1997). For example, youngsters hired as cashiers may also clean and perform other tasks that are not associated with


The actual number of 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds employed in agriculture is similar: 60,000, 61,000, and 67,000, respectively. However, many more 16-and 17-year-olds than 15-year-olds.

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