Survey shows what the twentysomethings are up to

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Of 100 27-year-olds

(CNNMoney) — Your late 20s are supposed to be one of the best times of your life: Old enough to build a career and start a family. But young enough to party.

According to a batch of new government data, it turns out it’s not all beer and roses.

The U.S. Department of Labor is conducting a massive survey of millennials: Since 1997, researchers have followed the same group of 9,000 people, all born between 1980 and 1984. They have conducted 15 rounds of interviews.

The latest findings were released Wednesday and show how the cohort is doing at age 27.

Less than a third (28%) had a bachelor’s degree. For that group, job prospects aren’t bad, and unemployment remains low.

But what about the rest? Most worrisome are the 9% of 27 year olds who never even completed high school or a GED program. Since turning 18, these young adults have spent an average of 50 weeks (almost an entire year) unemployed.

And that’s not counting the time spent out of the labor force completely for any type of education, training or taking care of family. By age 27, high school dropouts have spent an average of 144 weeks out of the labor force.

Not surprisingly, college graduates have the highest levels of employment. By age 27, a college-educated adult has spent an average of 12 weeks unemployed, whereas her high school dropout peers have been unemployed for almost a year (an average of 50 weeks).

1 Comment

  • TIM

    And the people who did not finish high school are poppin out kids left and right and relying on welfare to support them. Those kids are going to grow up uneducated and have 5 uneducated kids themselves like their parents.

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