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In Maine, a teenager serves ice cream at a Dairy Queen for the summer. But data show teens' participation in the labor force is on the decline, and it has been for decades. Jill Brady/Press Herald via Getty Images hide caption

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A shortage of lifeguards across U.S. cities could be a fallout of the recovering economy. Christopher Corr/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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During Pool Season, Even Lifeguard Numbers Are Taking A Dive

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José Moncada, 16, signed up for a summer youth employment program in New York City. He said hopes to earn enough to help his family, which lives on less than $30,000 a year. Kaomi Goetz for NPR hide caption

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Teens Hoping For More Jobs, Higher Wages This Summer

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