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From April to July 2012, the number of employed 16- to 24-year-olds rose 2.1 million to 19.5 million. July typically is the summertime peak in youth employment.
Twenty-six percent of employed 16- to 24-year-olds (about 5.1 million persons) worked in the leisure and hospitality sector (which includes food services) in July 2012. Another 19 percent (about 3.8 million persons) worked in the retail trade industry in July 2012.
These data are from the Current Population Survey. For more information, see "Employment and Unemployment among Youth — Summer 2012," news release USDL-12-1717 (HTML) (PDF).
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Youth employment in summer 2012 at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2012/ted_20120822.htm (visited March 30, 2023).