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Study: Nearly 6M youth out of school or work likely locked into limited prospects as adults
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 21, 2013 12:02 AM EDT
Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, or about 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24.
Idle youth are missing an opportunity to build skills they will need later in life or to use knowledge they acquired in college. Without those experiences, the report predicts they're less likely to command higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on their communities.
The study also finds that the number of families living in poverty has increased in 49 states, while household median incomes have fallen in 45 states last year. The dour report underscores the challenges young adults face now and foretells trials they're likely to face.