Skip to comments.Harvard: Just 6 in 10 Millennials have jobs, half are part-time
Posted on 02/07/2013 2:19:52 PM PST by Sir Napsalot
A comprehensive new Harvard University report on Americans under 30, the so-called Millennials, shows that the economy is having a crushing impact, with just 62 percent working, and of those, half are toiling at part-time jobs.
The report, released by Harvard's Institute of Politics, paints a depressing economic portrait of young Americans, many of whom are stuck with huge college tuition bills and little chance of finding a high-paying job......
Contrary to common media wisdom, most younger Americans did not vote in the last election. Of the 46 million Millennials, just half voted. "Although turnout was higher than it was in 1996 and 2000, it was right back to where it has been consistently from 1976-1992," said The report compiled by the National Conference on Citizenship, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement at Tufts University's Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Harvard University's Institute of Politics, and Mobilize.org.
Another blow to conventional wisdom: Younger Americans interact less than their baby boomer parents, apparently choosing Facebook over facetime. "Conventional group membership, attendance at meetings, working with neighbors, trusting other people, reading the news, union membership and religious participation are all down for young people since the 1970s," said The report provided to Secrets.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...
-- 59.2 percent are white; 19.9 percent are Hispanic; 13.5 percent are black; 5.1 percent are Asian; .7 percent are Native American; and 1.5 percent are multiracial or "other."
-- 27.3 percent have immigrant backgrounds.
-- Less than 20 percent aged 18-24 percent are married. Of those 25-29, slightly more than 40 percent are married, but that is down 80 percent from 1960.
-- Just 1.6 percent are military veterans.
-- The biggest group, 36.5 percent, live in the South, and typically in the suburbs.
Damn that Bush!
Hopefully the tax hikes will fix this....
Bright, eagerand unwanted. .....
What a colossal waste.
40% still at mom and dads? No need for a job?
I bet they overwhelmingly voted for The One.
Eager? Yeah, for a job that pays way more than they’re worth right out of college, and most won’t consider food service or stockboy or any of the things that put food on the table while LOOKING for a better job.
One daughter with a degree working full time at a job that’s barely in her field, but learning, getting paid and with benefits.
A niece with a degree who’s working part time as a nanny and looking for a job in entertainment marketing (eyeroll).
A 26 year old nephew who couldn’t possibly move out of his parents’ house and get an apartment because “I’m moving back to LA in a little while to pursue my screenwriting (non)career”. And working 20 hrs a week as a barista.
I’ll take my kid’s gumption and work ethic over most of her contemporaries.
You are so superior to others of your generation. I’ll get you clams and that French white wine that tastes like rocks and waterfalls next time you visit. And another gun.
>>> I bet they overwhelmingly voted for The One.
Of course they are.
They are still young and ‘didn’t know better’, as a lot of us might admit ourselves.
Who came up with the bane “millennials”? It’s slightly better than the insulting “generation x,” but nevertheless confusing. My instinct is to think of them having been born in this millennium. But that’d mean they couldn’t be mote than 12, and though 12 year olds can work we don’t usually expect them to.
Most of these kids have received a full dose of “progressive” education from k thru undergrad or higher.
They are likely to be more concerned about “social justice”, “gay rights” and “climate change” than economic sustenance.
Pelosi and her ilk would call this success, with ObamaCare and the welfare state they can work part time or they can be artists and not have to work and just paint or whatever.
For a little context I graduated high school in 2000, which means most all of my adult life occurred in this millennium. Technically they count it from 2001, right? Anyway, my parents were born in 47 and 51, respectively, to “greatest generation” parents. By definition I am gen x. But for some off reason I fall into this wacky new “millennial” category. I seem to remember talk about a “generation y” after gen x, but that’s mysteriously disappeared.
All I’m saying, I guess, is that MSM infotainment outlets are sociologically confused. Can’t they just talk about “the youth” or “twentysomethings”? We’ll follow without the cutesy nicknames.
Didn’t some one coined the ‘Funmployment’ or something like that? They get to do what their hearts desired, struggling artists or such.
Till age 26, (ObamaCare). Not a care in the world (on the surface).
HAHAHHAHAHHAHH....it’s what the STUPID TWERPS GET FOR VOTING DEMOCRATS IN OFFICE!!!
Actually, a majority of the WHITE ones, voted for Romney.
"Others" voted overwhelmingly for Zero.
Tax hikes will definitely help.
Let’s lower the import tariffs lower too. They’re still at 1%. That’s got to be a drag on the economy. Another 1% has got to create some more import jobs. Perhaps we should subsidize imports.
We’re not adopting cheaper goods from overseas fast enough. We should penalize our manufacturing companies so people will buy overseas and reduce our costs.
We could solve much of our budget problems by outsourcing all government operations to China. And medical care too. If our Doctor’s knew how to prescribe ground Rhino horn, we’d be so much better off.
That and we just need more workers. All this talk about border control and immigration is discouraging foreigners from coming here.
This site shows it.. 18-29 yr Old White voters went 51% for Romney.
No matter what, and how much wealth you accumulated, you still need these younguns maturing enough in your later life.
We are all dependent on one another in some ways. And why this is such a tragedy, really.
That is why the Left is so evil.
For answers to your questions, you can do some google searches on William Straus and Neil Howe, and some of their tomes of generational research:
The Fourth Turning (my #1 recommendation for anyone who might accidently jump into a discussion about generations)
“Of those 25-29, slightly more than 40 percent are married, but that is down 80 percent from 1960.”
That’s just an enormous shift. 80%. Wow.
Don’t worry - you can stay on your parents’ health-care until 26
Then there is welfare and foodstamps and free contraception, so you can continue to do your social activism or work for next-to-nothing for that environmental NGO!
Life is double-plus good in Obamaland!
Sadly they aren’t Bright OR eager....they want nothing but an I PHONE and a video game......they have no intent to get married nd have a family....girls too......it’s VERY SAD.
do not communicate well (either written or verbal)
do not respond well to structure or criticism
do not think critically
have not had high school or college work experiences
At the lower grades, government schools have failed to teach the basics.
At the higher grades government school have taught students what to think as opposed to how to think.
Parents have not taught their children respect for authority and the value of work.
Some studies have shown that many will struggle over the life of their careers, because the parents of the next "group" will not have made the same mistakes this group of parents did.
I think so. I don’t remember exactly.
“You boomers”? Really? Other than spending the las 27 years working as both an attorney and an AF reservist and teaching my children about the value of hard work, industry and faith, I might agree with you. But probably not.
Well, not our 25 yo daughter. She is gainfully employed and just received a nice bonus from her company, a major financial firm in NYC. She’s been there for three years now since college ...she was homeschooled many years and then went to a great Catholic university.
She votes Republican.
p.s. — she now thanks me for “pushing” her a bit. Which I did. In fact, at times I was was ruthless in my expectations of her. Also HIGHLY discouraged boys and dating before 18. (was often mocked for this).
But those who mocked? Their kids are drowning in loserdom ...
Childhood goes by seriously fast. It’s the most important work we’ll ever do. Parents who are working too much are also the problem, I believe, so they can have the big houses and twice a year vacations. I stayed home and sacrificed ...for which I was also mocked, hassled, often by own family members, especially my MIL.
Screw ‘em, I say. My daughter now routinely purchases me designer bags from NYC and can easily pay off her own college loans, lol.
Unfortunately you are absolutely WRONG, it was not the baby Boomer Generation that started this DEBT SNOWBALL, it was the very people that call themselves “The Greatest Generation” They are the ones that began ENSLAVING THE YOUTHS of this country in Perpetual Debt that can never be paid, while enriching the Cabal of Banksters with never ending and ever increasing interest payments for creating all those Federal Reserve Note OUT OF THIN AIR.
Finally. Some facts here. White folks 18-25 were just as likely as Boomers to vote for Romney.
The frustrating part is that you are better off lying by claiming you have no work experience than being truthful about your actual work experience.
I’ve gotten that as well. What am I supposed to do? Not work at all?
Yeah, and what are the boomers going to do to end debt slavery?
You’ve been in power now for 24 years and things are worse rather than better.
....she now thanks me for pushing her a bit. Which I did. In fact, at times I was was ruthless in my expectations of her. Also HIGHLY discouraged boys and dating before 18. (was often mocked for this).
But those who mocked? Their kids are drowning in loserdom ...
Childhood goes by seriously fast. Its the most important work well ever do.’
ATTA WAY TO BE LRJ....excellent points the more you expect from your kids the more they achieve...my parents pushed me constantly and it was a long long time before i ‘got it’ that ‘this really is for your own good’ was exactly why i was being ‘herassed’ hahahahah it takes years sometimes till we reallize what a great gift parents are...i’m glad i got the ones i did....and listened and learn to those 2 world class brainiacs...
Just being honest ...
Maybe I’ll go halves on the price of the gun, unless I get Anoreth’s tax refund again (I have your W-2 and 1099, Butterfly), because she has expensive taste in guns. I could get a lot of French grape juice for the price of a pretty weapon, especially if I hit the sale at Total Wine.
My high school aged grandchildren are mostly in private Catholic schools. A couple are in diocesan Catholic high schools. Every presidential cycle these schools hold elections. I know from many years of experience that the diocesan schools are typically more conservative and go almost 90% for the perceived pro-life candidate. Meanwhile the private school (i.e. the rich kids) typically go about 60% for the pro-life candidate. This time around the private schools were running right near 90% in favor of Romney/other and 10% for Obama. Amazing.
Since these private schools seek some racial diversity, and run about 10% minority, it either means nearly every white kid in the school voted against Obama or quite a few of the minority kids did.
I'm sure some of these recent college grads are sitting on their butts at their parents' expense, but I have to say the vast majority that I know are really trying to hustle. A lot of them are working temporary assignments, like through Accountemps. I know several with a couple of part time jobs because no full time ones were available to them. And these are kids with Business Degrees, not basketweaving.
I know a kid who made Law Review at Temple University who took a job at what I'm told is a third tier law firm and he is *delighted* to have a job. Many of his peers don't.
I lived through the seventies. This economy is worse.
I would guess quite a few of those living with mom and dad have jobs. And student loans. They thought they were going to graduate with 40k and 50k dollar jobs. Instead, they're lucky to have a part time or temporary assignment in their own field (like accounting).
I might be picking up a 1911 in a couple weeks anyway (via a completely legal sale in this state, of course.) Guy wants to sell it for 300 bucks.
I’m sure it’s perfectly legal. Is Piper the “purchaser of record”?
if you’ll reread my post, you will see that I gave both good and bad examples.
Well stated, but it really sucks that gainful employment is a negative. That speaks condemnation on today’s HR professional.
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