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Now Jobs in Young Adult Workforce Programming

From The Aspen Institute

Many of today’s young adults are facing extraordinary
challenges connecting to the labor market. Based on
2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 8.2 percent of
young people ages 16-29 are unemployed. This is higher
than the national unemployment rate of 4.9 percent. The
unemployment rate for African-American young adults is
even higher (13.8 percent), and at 15.5 percent,
unemployment among young African-American men is
more than triple the national average. Estimates of the
number of “opportunity youth,” or young adults ages 16-
24 who are both out of school and out of work, vary from
3 million to 5.5 million.” Workforce service providers
who serve young adults note that many face multiple
challenges to employment. Some have limited or no
work experience. Some lack the academic skills or
social-emotional readiness necessary for work. Some
lack connections to employed adults who can provide
guidance about workplace expectations. And some do
not have the knowledge they need to explore career
interests, identify labor market opportunities, and
navigate application processes. At the same time, many
employers note difficulties maintaining a skilled and
committed workforce.

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