But hey at least those folks don’t have to worry about ‘job lock’…
Via NY Post:
Clearing tables at a restaurant. Working a cash register. Scooping ice cream. These jobs have defined teens’ summer employment opportunities for at least a generation.
President Obama last week recalled the lessons he learned working in an ice-cream shop as a young man, and called on other employers to “create summer job opportunities for young people who need them, and extend those opportunities throughout the year.”
It’s a worthwhile goal — with one problem: Who’s going to pay a $15 starting wage to hire these kids for that entry-level job? That’s a question both President Obama and Gov. Andrew Cuomo must answer as they champion labor unions’ extreme wage demands.
The president laments that “landing that first job is all too difficult for students,” and he’s right — especially in New York. The state’s unemployment rate in 2015 was identical to the federal rate of 5.3 percent.
But New York’s youth unemployment rate was more than four percentage points higher than the federal average. Statewide, more than 20 percent of the young adults who want to work can’t get hired; in New York City, that number rises to one in three.
New York teens already had a hard enough time finding work due to a troubled economy in certain parts of the state and starter wage requirements set above the federal level. This year, however, the carnage in the entry-level job market has really begun to explode, with a $2.50-per-hour wage hike enacted for full-service restaurants and a rapid phase-in of the new $15 requirement for fast-food restaurants.
Unsurprisingly, small-business operators have responded by finding other ways to reduce their labor costs. Longway’s Diner in upstate New York is no longer a 24/7 establishment, and two employees lost their jobs when the night shift went away.
In New York City, one P.J. Clarke’s location is no longer hiring young people to bus tables, relying on servers to do the job instead.
Patrick Pipino, a Ben & Jerry’s franchisee in Saratoga Springs, told the Daily Gazette that, with a $15 starting wage, there’s “a whole underclass of jobs for high-school and college kids that’s going to go away.”