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New Report Calls Unemployment Rates A Crisis for Young People in Massachusetts

May 29, 2013

Rae Roca

New Report Calls Unemployment Rates A Crisis for Young People in Massachusetts
In Massachusetts the unemployment rate is 12.4 percent for young adults ages 16 to 24

[BOSTON, Mass.] – In a time of across-the-board budget cuts, dismal job prospects continue to leave young Americans unsure about their economic future. Currently, young adults face a national unemployment rate of 16.1 percent, which is over twice the national average. In Massachusetts, the unemployment rate for young adults is almost twice the state average.

Today, Young Invincibles released a detailed analysis of unemployment for young people in Massachusetts. The fact sheet, GET THE FACTS About Youth Unemployment in Massachusetts [] gives an in-depth look into how economic opportunity for young adults in the state has fallen.

-Only 47 percent of young people who have a job are working full-time, down from 50 percent in 2005.

– Median wages for 25 to 34 year-olds have decreased by almost $1,000 since 2005.

Young Invincibles is leading the charge on this issue, conducting a national tour to highlight the need to push for policies that double down on workforce training and higher education and that will safeguard our country’s economic future.

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Young Invincibles is a national organization committed to amplifying the voices of young Americans, aged 18 to 34, and expanding economic opportunity for our generation. Young Invincibles ensures that young Americans are represented in today’s most pressing societal debates through cutting-edge policy research and analysis and innovative campaigns designed to educate, inform and mobilize our generation to change the status quo.