The image of the burger-flipping teenager is fading as more high schoolers shun the workplace. In their place, operators looking to fill vacancies have turned to the other end of the spectrum: much older adults and retirees.
Numbers from the National Restaurant Association tell the tale.
Back in the 1970s, about 58 percent of all 16- to 19-year-olds had jobs. That percentage stayed above 50 percent until 2001, then started trailing off. The Great Recession really took