Youth Unemployment Soars in Past Decade
Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are neither in school nor in the workforce, veering toward chronic underemployment as adults and failing to gain the skills employers need in the 21st century, according to a new KIDS COUNT® report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The number of working youth dropped by almost half since 2000, while employment among young people is at its lowest level since the 1950s. This article highlights the "Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity" report that presents State-by-State data and highlights how issues of teen unemployment are exacerbated among youth from low-income families and among minority populations. It also emphasizes the need to provide multiple, flexible pathways to success for disconnected young people and to find ways to reengage high school dropouts.
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