Employment and Disconnection among Teens and Young Adults

Posted by Brookings Institution on June 20, 2016

Race, Place, and Education Play Key Roles in Youth Employment

Employment rates for teens and young people of color have fallen dramatically since 2008, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. Employment and Disconnection among Teens and Young Adults: The Role of Place, Race, and Education finds that disparities in employment by educational attainment are larger than racial disparities, and that employment rates vary dramatically by region and metropolitan area. An estimated 3 million people ages 16-24 are “disconnected” — not currently working or in school — according to the report, which includes an interactive data tool.


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