Facing Historic Labor Shortages, Companies Snap Up Teenagers

By Jennifer Levitz and Eric Morath, Wall Street Journal

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LOVELAND, Colo.—Jerry Stooksbury, the president of Avionics Specialists LLC, needed to produce an airplane instrument panel last fall, but had only two employees able to complete the task quickly.

One was out sick. The other was in high school.

He called the high-schooler, 17-year-old Thayer McCollum.