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 16.2 percent, which is over twice the national average. In Nebraska, the outlook is particularly bleak, as the average young adult ages 25 to 34 makes over $3,000 less today than in 2005.
Today Young Invincibles released a comprehensive analysis of unemployment for young Nebraskans. The fact sheet, GET THE FACTS About Youth Unemployment in Nebraska [http://jobs.younginvincibles.org/%EF%BF%BCget-the-facts-about-youth-unemployment-in-nebraska/ ], gives an in-depth look into how economic opportunity for young adults in Nebraska has fallen drastically in the past decade, illustrating that:
-The proportion of young workers in Nebraska employed full-time has dropped 12 percentage points since 2005.
-The overall share of young Nebraskans with a job dropped from 72 percent in 2005 to 62 percent today.
Studies show that the inability to gain early work experience dims career prospects for a lifetime; if we do not act now, this crisis could have far-reaching economic consequences for all Nebraskans. Young Invincibles is leading the charge to solve this issue by conducting a national tour to highlight the need to continue to push for policies that double down on workforce training and higher education that will safeguard our country's economic future. For information please visit http://jobs.younginvincibles.org/.