Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Youth Employment In Massachusetts and Nationwide

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Youth Employment - In Massachusetts and the U.S.
Here in Massachusetts, close to 1 in 7 young people is unemployed. Nationwide, 6.5 million "disconnected youth" are out of school and also out of work.

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, "Youth and Work: Restoring teen and young adult connections to opportunity," describes the many challenges today's youth face as they look to enter the job market. A separate issue brief from MassBudget, "Youth and Work in Massachusetts," provides more focused information about youth employment in Massachusetts.

At the state level, we find that:

  • The unemployment rate among young adults (16-24) has more than doubled since 2000.

  • High School dropout rates have been improving, but significant disparities remain for low-income students, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency.

  • Funding for higher education--which helps provide a path towards good jobs--has declined 30% since 2001.

The national KIDS COUNT report also tracks the growing population of "disconnected youth"--meaning young adults aged 16 to 24 who are out of work and also out of school. Since 2000, the number of disconnected youth has increased by over 30% nationwide; and in Massachusetts, the numbers have grown from 92,000 to 134,000. As the report details, "youth who miss out on an early work experience are more likely to endure later unemployment and less likely to achieve higher levels of career attainment."

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