The Anti-Economist — From the December 2013 issue

The Real Lost Generation

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In late August, I traveled with colleagues from the Roosevelt Institute in New York to New Orleans, where we had invited a panel of community organizers to join us in discussing youth unemployment. The problem affects every major U.S. city — American teens and young adults have never, since record-keeping began, done worse in the job market than in the past decade — but it is worse in New Orleans than almost anywhere else. The organizers spoke to us of what they called Opportunity Youth, a group defined as those under the age of twenty-four who are neither in school nor working. Opportunity Youth are disproportionately minority men. Many have been incarcerated or suffer from poor health. Some have caregiving responsibilities that overwhelm them. In New Orleans, 23 percent of eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds are out of school and unemployed; the national number — 17 percent — isn’t much better. Researchers estimate that there are 6.7 million young people nationwide who fit the bill.

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