The nation's economic upheaval has been especially hard on young people looking to start their working lives right after high school. In an Associated Press-Viacom survey, only about a third of the 18- to 24-year-olds who aren't in school say they have full-time jobs. Less than a quarter work part-time. Four in 10 are unemployed.
About two-thirds of these young adults have a high school diploma, and the vast majority have some work experience. Nearly three-fourths say they aspire to return to the classroom someday, either for trade school or college.
Three-fourths cite the cost as a reason they aren't in college. Almost 4 in 10 still lean on their parents or relatives for financial support. And most feel that their family's financial situation has held them back.