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Monday, May 6, 2013

Are Young Americans Idling?

David Leonhardt of the New York Times says that young workers in the U.S. face a more challenging job market than their counterparts in hard hit places like Europe. His article “The Idled Young Americans” appeared in Sunday’s New York Times.


  • David Leonhardt, New York Times reporter

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  • Courtney

    I’m optimistic because although our economy is currently suffering, we are still young and have a lot of time to help improve things.

  • Zitoj

    I graduated in January 2009 at the age of 22 with my education degree hopeful to come above the poverty line after supporting a family of four on less than $15,000 a year. Little did I know that it would be one of the worst economic times to graduate. Miraculously, I landed a teaching job for the 2009-2010 school year, but my contract was not renewed for the following school year as the school consolidated. I then had to look outside of teaching (the layoff came in May 2010–well after the normal deadline for any coveted teaching positions were left). I transitioned into financial aid at a for-profit college and was lucky to hold the job for two years before they college went under after career services did not place enough students. I am now at a public technical college doing financial aid and am merely hoping my current position won’t be eliminated or any other unfathomable circumstances that would cause me to lose my job. I am now 27 and have held 3 professional positions since graduating. The job market has been anything but kind to me, but I am hopeful

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