Youth and Work

Youth and Work

Kids Count Policy Report released 12/3/2012

Restoring teen and young adult connections to opportunity

Today—with millions of jobs lost and experienced workers scrambling for every available position—America’s young people stand last in line for jobs.

Youth employment is at its lowest level since World War II; only about half of young people ages 16 to 24 held jobs in 2011. Among the teens in that group, only 1 in 4 is now employed, compared to 46 percent in 2000. Overall, 6.5 million people ages 16 to 24 are both out of school and out of work, statistics that suggest dire consequences for financial stability and employment prospects in that population.

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