ND census office looks at how teens balance school and jobs

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota Department of Commerce's census office looked into how teenagers are balancing work and school in the state.

Kevin Iverson is the manager of the census office. He says this data shows teens in North Dakota are balancing work and school better, compared to the overall population of teens in the US.

Madison Lennon says sometimes balancing school and work is hard, but it's easier when bosses are understanding school work comes first.

"Once you have a flexible job you can have your boss have you off certain days so you can catch up on your school work, and if it comes to you failing a class they should be more lenient, on when you can and can't work," said Lennon.

Lennon says most of her friends are 15, and they're only allowed to work until 7 p.m.

"So they have more time to catch up on school work unlike me, I'm 16 and have to close," she added.

She says since most places in North Dakota close earlier, she believes this contributes to the success of teens balancing work and school.

"If you look at terms of who's working in terms of that age group, it's certainty the upper Midwest, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska. It kind of reflects our work ethic, kind of what we always assumed but we're seeing it in our teenage population as well," said census manager Kevin Iverson.

Iverson says he also found teenage males are working more than females.

"Females are more successful in education, so it kind of makes sense so I'm not sure everybody is making the right decision here but males are reporting working more hours and earning higher wages than females but if you look at the education attainment statistics it's just the opposite," said Iverson.

Iverson says he believes the narrow band on population of 16 to 18-year-olds in the state contributes to the balances success.