Fewer teens have jobs.
The Brookings Institution found only 26 percent of 16 to 19-year-olds in the U.S. were employed in 2011, compared to 45 percent in 2000.
This trend played out in Rochester, though our metro is doing better than much of the country in getting teens into jobs. The graph above shows teen employment dropped from 46.7 percent to 33 percent.
Brookings found white teens from higher income households were more likely to be employed. Teens with more education and work experience were more likely to have jobs. Metros with higher overall employment and a large number of high school dropouts have lower teen employment. Teen employment is important because it helps workers increase future earnings and employment.
Brookings calls the group of teens most impacted by not working “disconnected youth.” They are not enrolled in school and do not have jobs. The graph below tells us how many disconnected youth and young adults are in Rochester. On that measurement, Rochester doesn’t fare as well. Nearly 14,000 16-24 year-olds in our region fall into this category.
Employment of young adults also took a hit across the country. In 2000, 72 percent of 20-24-year-olds had jobs in the U.S. In 2011, 60 percent were employed. Those with college degrees were more likely to have jobs.
In Rochester, young adult employment had a more modest dip, dropping from 70.4 to 67.4 percent. Rochester ranked 34th out of 100 metros in terms of young adult employment, counteracting the notion of a “brain drain.” Syracuse had one of the worst young adult employment rates in the country – 56.7 percent.
Brookings has a number of recommendations to better connect youth and jobs, especially for non-college bound graduates.
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– Mt. Read Boulevard could get a major makeover.
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