Young Americans Experience Gains in Employment and Education

Posted November 17, 2017
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog blog youngamericansexperiencegains img 2017

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.

Access eco­nom­ic and edu­ca­tion data on the KIDS COUNT Data Center:

This post is related to:

Popular Posts

View all blog posts   |   Browse Topics

Youth with curly hair in pink shirt

blog   |   June 3, 2021

Defining LGBTQ Terms and Concepts

A mother and her child are standing outdoors, each with one arm wrapped around the other. They are looking at each other and smiling. The child has a basketball in hand.

blog   |   August 1, 2022

Child Well-Being in Single-Parent Families