Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on December 05, 2012 @ 7:08PM
Created on December 05, 2012 @ 5:19PM
A new education might be on the top of a few holiday wish lists this year. That's because according to a new report the number of young adults in our state who are out of a job and not in school is on the rise.
Here in the Mountain State less than 40% of kids between the ages of 16 and 24 have a job. That's the latest numbers from a report by Kids Count. They keep track keep track of the well-being of kids in the United States.
"As a 21-year-old, I'll be 22 when i graduate, I don't want to be living at home," Richie Greene, a West Virginia University student said. "For the statistics to be that low it's kind of scary."
That number is down by about 10% since 2000, and are the lowest totals since World War 2.
The same trend is taking place all across the country.
"I would hope that through all this work that there would be the promise of something better for me," Andrew McDonald, a West Virginia University, said.
Folks who put those numbers together claim kids are running into a number of obstacles. Apparently they're getting more competition from older workers who are looking to snatch up entry-level jobs, and they don't have enough skills to get the high-paying jobs that are open.
"What kind of jobs are we supposed to get if everyone older is taking those jobs?" asks Greene.
The report goes onto say that more kids here are growing up poor or they don't have working parents to look at as role models.
Add all those together and that's why experts think those numbers are on the rise.
"My parents both have jobs and master degrees," WVU sophomore, Jasmine Gonlin said. "That's something I always aspired for. If I didn't have a role model like that I probably wouldn't look for a job, or have that determination."
The report recommends developing a national youth employment strategy, employer-sponsored earn-and-learn programs.
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