AUSTIN – As summer approaches, the number of teenagers looking for work increases dramatically. According to a 2012
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) study, the number of 16-to 19-year-olds employed or searching for work last year
skyrocketed between April and July, increasing by almost 2 million workersfor a total of more than 7.3 million in July1.
“Summer employment can help Texas high school students learn the value of hard work and responsibility, while
experiencing the pride of earning their first paycheck,” said Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Chairman Andres
Alcantar. “TWC is committed to helping Texas’ future workforce acquire the skills that will benefit them throughout their
TWCreminds employers, workers and parents to familiarize themselves with state and federal laws, as well as safety
regulations that address child labor issues. Any person under the age of 18 is considered a child when employed. Federal
and state child labor laws are designed to protect youth against potentially detrimental occupationalsettings or working
conditions that could interfere with their safety, health or well-being. Employers also must comply with wage and hour
laws and regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), available online at www.youthrules.dol.gov.
“I urge teenagers, parents and employers to educate themselves on the child labor laws designed to protect our children,”
said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Ronny Congleton. “Safety should always be the most important factor as
Texas youths join the workforce.”
In Texas, certain child labor laws apply to different age groups and different job types. For example, children aged 11 or
older may deliver newspapers to customers on established routes. Children aged 14 or 15 may perform office and clerical
work, some kitchen work, cashiering, bagging and carrying out customer orders, among other tasks, as long as it takes
place during certain hours. Children aged 16 or 17 can perform work for any number of hours, as long as it is not deemed
hazardous by DOL. Visit www.texasworkforce.org/ui/lablaw/llcl70.pdfto view TWC’s child labor law poster.
“Summer job opportunities provide great experience for young Texans. I encourage Texas employers to offer teens this
valuable opportunity to learn about the workplace and develop their skills,” said TWC Commissioner Representing
Employers Hope Andrade. “Local Workforce Solutions offices provide many opportunities to both job seekers and
employers—including useful information on training programs—which may serve as a valuable resource for a teenager’s
Teens interested in job-search assistance and career resources should contact their local Workforce Solutions offices by
visiting WorkInTexas.com. TWC also sponsors the TexasRealityCheck.comwebsite which allows students to explore
career options based on their interests, desired lifestyle and job availability in various areas. Older teens also may visit
TexasInternship.jobsfor free online job resources. To learn more about child labor laws, call TWC’s Labor Law Section
at 800-832-9243 or 512-475-2670, or visit www.texasworkforce.org/customers/jsemp/employee-rights-laws.html.
For information on this statistic visit www.bls.gov/webapps/legacy/cpsatab1.htm. (Note: Figures are not seasonally adjusted)
The Texas Workforce Commission is a state agency dedicated to helping Texas employers, workers and communities prosper
economically. For details on TWC and the services it offers in coordination with its network of local workforce development boards,
call 512-463-8942 or visit www.texasworkforce.org.