The virtues of a summer job

The share of teenagers working summer jobs had dwindled for years, but the numbers have come back a bit in the past couple of years. It is a change applauded by educators and financial advisers alike.

“Summer jobs are a great idea,” said Laura Levine, chief executive of the JumpStart Coalition, a nonprofit that promotes financial literacy. “Money management begins with how to get that money in the first place.”

Working a summer job is less common among teenagers than it once was, according to an analysis published this month by the Pew Research Center.