Young People

The May employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics offer the third month of disappointing news for labor markets after a perceived mid-winter rally.  At an unemployment rate of 8.2 percent, the economy is not much better off now than when the year began.  In the months since...
06/01/2012
Data Byte
It's not a great time to be young and trying to build a financial future. Nationwide, about 1 in 6 young people aged 16 to 24 is neither employed nor in school right now, according to a recent report called "Opportunity Road: The Promise and Challenge of America's Forgotten Youth." That's 6.7...
05/24/2012
News/Resource
President Barack Obama and other members of the administration may be giving warm advice to freshly minted graduates at commencements across the country, but the reality is the job market is now much colder. More than a million new bachelor degree holders are about to begin to break into an economy...
05/16/2012
News/Resource
There can be only minor consolation for young adults from the positive trend in the employment-population ratio.  This measure shows the proportion of the total population that actually worked, and so takes into account those who are looking for employment and those who are not – unlike the...
05/09/2012
Data Byte
With a smaller decline in labor force participation than the population overall and a positive change in employment level, for the first time since July of 2008 this group is not experiencing higher unemployment rates than the economy as a whole.  That sounds like good news, but 8.1 percent...
05/09/2012
Data Byte
Flickr/MattBritt00New York Knick Amar'e Stoudemire will be sitting out tonight's playoff against the Miami Heat, and it is his own fault. Stoudemire decked a fire extinguisher in frustration after Monday's Game 2 loss. In the heat of the loss, Stoudemire was only expressing an emotion that...
05/03/2012
Blog
Learn more about SparkOpportunity It is very easy to get overwhelmed by the economic problems facing today's young people. One in six people age 16 to 24 -- nearly 7 million in total -- are not in school and not employed. With the economy unstable (at best), debt spiraling all around (national,...
05/02/2012
Blog
This week on the Radio Hour, AlterNet's Lynn Parramore talks to Joshua Holland about the new economy movement, and what it takes to knock over a faltering paradigm. Nancy Altman of Social Security Works is up next, to talk about an annual ritual of terrible, misleading reporting around...
04/29/2012
Audio
Nueva York – La clase media del futuro en Estados Unidos está en peligro.  Durante las ultimas dos décadas los estados han reducido su apoyo financiero hacia la educación superior pública, lo cual ha resultado en precios de matrícula mucho mas altos para estudiantes y sus familias.  ...
04/26/2012
Press Release
La educación superior se ha convertido en un requisito básico para conseguir un trabajo con un salario decente y  para entrar en la clase media.  A la misma vez, esta licenciatura se ha puesto tan cara que no está al alcance de muchos de los jóvenes en Estados Unidos. El costo de ir a una...
04/26/2012
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