Pew Report: Young, Underemployed and Optimistic

Next generation issues and boomerang kids continue to interest me. If those topics interest you too, here’s a report announcement from Pew with some information about young people trying to find employment.


From Pew Research Center – Feb. 9, 2012

A plurality of the American public believes that young adults are having the toughest time of any age group in today’s economy — and a lopsided majority says it’s more difficult for today’s young adults than it was for their parents’ generation to pay for college, find a job, buy a home or save for the future, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.  Also, just two-thirds of parents now say they think children should be financially independent by age 22, down from the eight-in-ten share who said the same two decades ago.

Young adults (ages 18 to 34) say that the sluggish economy has had an impact on a wide array of coming-of-age decisions about career, marriage, parenthood and schooling. For example, nearly half say that in the past few years they have taken a job they didn’t really want just to pay the bills. Smaller but still sizable shares say that because of the tough economy they have gone back to school (35%), moved back in with their parents after living on their own (24%), postponed having children (22%) or postponed getting married (20%).

The new report also examines young adults in the U.S. labor market, their optimism in the face of tough times, their job satisfaction and their prospects for the future. It is based on findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Dec. 6-19, 2011, among 2,048 adults nationwide, including 808 young adults (ages 18-34), as well as an analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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