Young adults in North Carolina and across the country are confronting an economic reality vastly different from that of their parent’s generation. Over the past three decades, economic opportunity and security for all but the most affluent and most highly educated has declined. Today, North Carolina’s workers in their early twenties earn almost a fifth less in real terms than workers their age forty years ago, while those in their mid twenties earn only three percentage points more than workers their age four decades ago.

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