Young Americans Experience Gains in Employment and Education

Posted November 17, 2017, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In 2016, which is the most recent year on record, 69% of 16- to 19-year-olds were unemployed. In 2011, 74% of youth were unemployed.

Early work experience is beneficial; it can pave the way to higher levels of education and greater employment options in adulthood.

Also good news: The percentage of young adults with a college degree is on the rise. In 2016, 44% of 25- to 34-year-olds had earned an associate’s degree or higher compared to 39% in 2010 and 36% in 2000.

Graduating college is also a great move — one that can help individuals secure higher-paying jobs and greater financial stability.

At the state level, academic benchmarks vary. For instance, only 16% of young adults in Mississippi and New Mexico have a bachelor’s degree compared to 32% of young adults in Massachusetts.

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