Teenagers aren't jumping into the workforce as early as they once were. That's according to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation.
Nationwide, back in 2005, the percentage of youth between ages 16 and 19 who were employed sat at 61 point 3 percent
But now more than a decade later, the percentage has dropped dramatically -- to 50 point 3 percent.
Many teens are now waiting until they are 19 to 21 to get their first job and experts say it's because they're often too busy with extracurriculars, but they're missing out on some key skills.
Secretary at the SD Department of Labor and Regulation, Marcia Hultman, says, "The skills they're missing we like to call soft skills. How do you get along with coworkers, how do you know to show up on time, what do you do if you're not going to be at work. Things like attitude, attendance, appearance -- those are all really important. These are the kinds of things you learn in your first job."
But Hultman says South Dakota continues to be a job-seekers market and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation, hovering around 2 point 8 percent.