15% OF AMERICAN YOUTH ARE OUT OF SCHOOL, OUT OF WORK!
Nearly 6 million young people are neither in school-- or working.That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job.Other studies have shown that young adults are missing out on a window to build skills they will need later in life or use the knowledge they got in college. Without those experiences, they are less likely to command higher salaries and more likely to be an economic drain on their communities. 49 states have seen an increase in the number of families living in poverty and 45 states have seen incomes fall in the last year. The Opportunity Nation report looked at 16 factors — including Internet access, college graduation rates, income inequality and public safety — and identified states that were doing well for its young people.Topping the list of supportive states were Vermont, Minnesota and North Dakota. At the bottom were Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico.In some of the nation's largest cities, like Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, California, all have more than 100,000 'idle youth'.