New labor stats: Young Americans hardest hit by unemployment

More Americans under age 30 are out of work than any other age range

Don’t employers want vibrant, energetic, youthful workers anymore? The latest statistics from the Bureau of Labor show that America’s youth is the hardest hit when it comes to unemployment.

July numbers show that about 16.6 percent of 18 to 24-year-olds are unemployed right now.

10.8 percent of 25 to 29-year-olds are also out of work.

Unemployment is significantly higher for people under 30 than any other age range. Only people 30 to 34-years-old come close with an unemployment rate of 8.4 percent.

25-year-old Matthew Segal says he founded the non-profit organization OUR TIME to stand up for Americans under 30. In fact, he’s calling on members of Congress to cancel their vacations immediately and get back to work on unemployment during a time when young adults are struggling to nail down careers.

“Discern your best talent and market the hell out of it! Just get out there and begin networking like crazy,” Segal recommends to young adults. “Jobs and opportunities often arise from the least expected places. Also, volunteer frequently. Those positions often turn into job offers if the employer likes you.”

Segal says he’s concerned about the future ramifications for young people who are unemployed right now.

“Even more worrisome are the studies that show early unemployment being linked to lower income, broken families, and decreased happiness later in life.”

OUR TIME features a “Buy Young” section on its website, offering discounts up to 60 percent on products from young companies. Segal says the young companies featured have already created a combined 7,000 jobs.

“We believe it’s important to support them because they look out for OUR TIME’s constituency, Americans under 30. They grow fast and hire young,” says Segal. “Their companies have social agendas aimed at improving communities. And they are rethinking old business models and changing corporate cultures.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Mayor announces public housing improvements

Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke at the Lincoln Houses in East Harlem on Wednesday, calling for the scaffolding to come down at NYCHA complexes across…

National

Peter Theo Curtis: American released by Syrian militants…

An American writer freed this week from two years in the captivity of insurgents in Syria spoke briefly outside his family's Cambridge home Wednesday of…

Local

Bratton defends 'broken windows' work as NYPD support…

Sixty percent of those polled said they support the "broken windows" theory approach popularized by Commissioner Bratton since his first term in the 1990s.

Local

Transit changes for Labor Day weekend

The MTA is adding additional service Friday for New Yorkers getting out of the city for the long weekend. On Friday, Aug. 29, 27 additional…

Television

'So You Think You Can Dance' recap: Season…

Season 11’s top four dancers gave their final performances before America’s Favorite Dancers are announced next week.

Going Out

Things to do this week in NYC, Aug.…

MUSIC The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees…

Going Out

5 things to do this weekend in NYC

The Electric Zoo Festival Aug. 29-31, 1 p.m. Randall’s Island Park $99-$369, www.electriczoofestival.com The electronic music celebration returns for a fifth year, with 150,000 attendees expected. David Guetta,…

Television

'Full House' might be relaunched with some of…

A new "Full House" might be in the works.

NFL

Mario Manningham on the bubble as Giants play…

Former Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham hopes his second go-around with Big Blue doesn’t end with Saturday’s final cut day.

NFL

Source: Stephen Hill 'faces a battle' to make…

A team source says Stephen Hill, who has battled injuries and poor performances during his first two years, is no lock to make the Jets’ final roster.

Sports

Serena Williams leaving legacy of talented American women…

It seems only a matter of when, not if, Serena Williams will win her 18th career grand slam championship.

College

When are 2014 college football playoffs? (Schedule, date,…

When and where are 2014 college football playoffs? A look at the schedule, date, TV, time for the semi-finals at championship game.

Food

Recipe: Samuel Adams beer-marinated grilled shrimp

Summer calls for two things: a cold beer and light food. Sam Adams' Latitude 48 IPA fairly bursts with citrus notes, making it an ideal marinade…

Wellbeing

Heart trumps brain when it comes to movies…

When you need a good cry, do you reach for the movie that’s “based on a true story”? Science says you’re giving your brain far…

Sex

The 10 types of people you meet online

Does it ever seem like online dating profiles tend to get a little repetitive? It turns out you are not the only one to have…

Home

Labor Day essentials

Whether you’re soaking up the sun on the beach or barbecuing in the park here are some must-haves for your end-of-summer bash.