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Report: Hawaii’s Youth Unemployment Could Depress State For Years

Civil Beat on May 21, 2013.
By Sherley Wetherhold

Lazy, entitled narcissists who still live with their parents,” writes Time Magazine. Is this all the 80 million or so Americans born between 1980 and 2000 boil down to?

Millennials, as they’re called, want cool jobs and want the offices they step into when not working from home to look like Google’s headquarters. Raised in the age of instant cyber-gratification, they want everything for nothing, and they want it now. But they’re also unemployed.

According to a NYT article from earlier this month, in the past decade, the U.S. has “gone from having the highest share of employed 25- to 34-year-olds among large, wealthy economies to having among the lowest.”

Young Invincibles, a D.C.-based organization that focuses on educating and empowering young Americans on policy issues regarding higher education, health care and employment has released a report and infographic claiming Hawaii’s youth unemployment rate of 13.8 percent “could depress economic opportunity for all Hawaii (residents) for years to come.”

The study, which compares youth employment figures from 2005 through 2011 found 25- to 34-year-olds in Hawaii making $3,400 less than they did in 2005 and claims there are 8 percent fewer 18- to 24-year-olds in the workforce.

Young Invincibles stressed that “young people in Hawaii need government, the private sector, non-profits, and educational leaders to work together to help this generation get back on track.”