Study indicates 15 percent of US youth out of school, work

WASHINGTON (AP) - A study finds almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working - or about 15 percent of those ages 16 to 24.

That's according to a report Monday from the Opportunity Nation, a bipartisan coalition advocating greater economic mobility.

The report found large cities including Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., all have more than 100,000 idle youth.

Experts say idle youth are missing an opportunity to build skills they will need later in life or to use knowledge they acquired in college.

The study also finds that the number of families living in poverty has increased in 49 states, while household median incomes have fallen in 45 states last year.



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