Young People

Access to a post-secondary education is a vital aspect of the American dream, allowing for equality of opportunity and a stable pathway to the middle class for all who are willing to work for it regardless of their background or socioeconomic status.  Higher education not only improves the...
12/20/2012
Publication
November builds on four previous months of job gains at rates higher than population growth, yet Millennial workers aren’t sticking around for the perks.  Maybe that’s because the benefits of finally landing a job do not sufficiently compensate for the effort of attaining one.  For the...
12/10/2012
Data Byte
Young adults, like the workforce overall, saw unemployment rates decline in November as new hiring outstripped population growth and a swath of unemployed simultaneously left the market.  After a year of fluctuations, labor force participation rates for 20 to 24-year-olds and 25 to 34-year-...
12/10/2012
Data Byte
The retail sector is one of the largest employers of young adults and is projected to have the greatest job growth over the decade to 2020, making the condition of employment in the industry a crucial issue for young workers today and in the future.  Unfortunately, most big retail firms can be...
11/05/2012
Data Byte
In 2007, the average labor force participation rate for 20 to 24-year-olds was 74.5 percent and for 25 to 34-year-olds it was 83.3 percent.  If those rates still characterized the young adult population we would have more than a million additional workers in the market. That is a...
11/05/2012
Data Byte
The proportion of people who couldn’t find work declined across just about every age group in September. In fact, breaking down the unemployment rate by age and sex, women of all ages and men under age 55 had an easier time finding a job last month than in the months before. The falling...
10/05/2012
Data Byte
While previous drops in unemployment coincided with workers leaving the labor force, this month is different. In September young people rejoined the labor market. At the same time the proportion of the young adult population who actually held a job increased. Although still far below pre-recession...
10/05/2012
Data Byte
Young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 are the most likely to move. Between 2011 and 2012, 21% of young adults moved. Mobility rates dramatically decline for older age groups: only 18% among 25- to-39 year olds, 7% of 40-to-64 year olds, and 3% of those 65 and over.10 While young adults...
10/01/2012
Data Byte
The freedom to vote is a cornerstone of American democracy. Voting brings us together as Americans and it is the one time we have an equal voice in the decisions that impact our lives and community. And yet, every year, millions of eligible voters fall through the cracks because they have moved...
10/01/2012
Publication
As the chart above shows, a remarkable and hopeful trend within the youth vote is the rise of the black youth vote.  In 2008, a greater share (63.9%) of black citizens under 30 overcame the unnecessary hurdles of registration than any other youth demographic, and a record 58% voted...
09/27/2012
Data Byte
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