Poll: In down economy, education key to youth jobs

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    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.


    http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D9MNTD181.htm

    See the artilce by CONNIE CASS and STACY A. ANDERSON, published in the Associated Press, April 21, 2011

     

    Download the responses to the The AP-Viacom Survey of Youth on Education, March, 2011, By Stanford University
    Conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications