Alina Morse, founder and CEO of Zollipops, with her father, Tom Morse.
Alina Morse, founder and CEO of Zollipops, with her father, Tom Morse. - 
Listen To The Story
Marketplace

The jobless rate for teenagers is around 13%, according to the latest employment report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The Labor Department however, only counts those over the age of 16. We talked to one teenager who's too young to be officially included in the workforce, but has a very big job to do. At 13 years of age, Alina Morse is the chief executive of a multimillion-dollar candy company, Zollipops. Alina and her father Tom Morse visited our Los Angeles studios to talk about how the company got started, and then became a father-daughter duo.

“In most cases, he is the boss, because he's my father and I live under his roof,” Alina said. “But when it comes to existential decisions in the company, that is when you will come to me.” Tom Morse says that working for his daughter's company has been "one of the most fulfilling things" he's done in his life. "I've been working for her since she was born, but now it's actually official. I definitely work for her," he said. 

Click the audio player above to hear the conversation.

“I think the best compliment I can give is not to say how much your programs have taught me (a ton), but how much Marketplace has motivated me to go out and teach myself.” – Michael in Arlington, VA

As a nonprofit news organization, what matters to us is the same thing that matters to you: being a source for trustworthy, independent news that makes people smarter about business and the economy. So if Marketplace has helped you understand the economy better, make more informed financial decisions or just encouraged you to think differently, we’re asking you to give a little something back.

Become a Marketplace Investor today – in whatever amount is right for you – and keep public service journalism strong. We’re grateful for your support.