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The Obstacles Unauthorized Students Face in Postsecondary Education

Colleges and universities, and the education they provide, are critical avenues for social mobility and economic success in the United States. Each year, about 65,000 unauthorized students who have been in the United States for five years or more graduate from high school, yet only an estimated ...

Young Money: In November, Youth Unemployment Rises While Labor Force Participation Falls

In November, the economy added 228,000 jobs and unemployment remained at 4.1 percent, bringing the 2017 year-to-date average to 4.4 percent. Youth unemployment climbed in November to 9.6 percent, up from 9 percent in October. The year-to-date unemployment rate for youth (defined as 16- to ...

Young Money: Youth Unemployment Rate Continues Downward Trend, Labor Force Participation Rate Remains a Challenge

Today the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released its latest snapshot of the American economy. In October, 261,000 new jobs were added to the economy. The unemployment rate ticked slightly down to 4.1 percent, the lowest since December 2000. Estimates from September were revised, showing that the ...

Young Money: In September, Youth Labor Force Participation Rate Reaches Highest Level In 7 years

In September, the unemployment rate fell 0.2 percentage points to 4.2 percent while the economy lost 33,000 jobs—the first loss in jobs in seven years. Meanwhile, the youth unemployment rate, which tracks just those aged 16 to 24, ticked slightly upward from 8.9 percent in August to 9.1 percent ...

Seeking Sanctuary: How Schools Can Protect and Advocate for Undocumented Students

Generation Progress has identified key policies—based on practices already in place at many schools—all colleges and universities must enact to fully open the gates of higher education to undocumented students.

Young Money: As Summer Ends, Youth Unemployment Falls While Labor Participation Remains Low

In August, the economy added 156,000 jobs, the overall unemployment rate ticked up slightly to 4.4 percent, and the youth unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points, to 8.9 percent. This youth unemployment rate—which tracks just 16- to 24-year-olds—is the lowest the youth unemployment rate ...

Borrower’s Bill Of Rights: States Step Up To Protect Student Loan Borrowers

In the absence of federal leadership on loan servicing, states must step up to protect their student borrowers from servicers that act more like debt collectors than loan counselors. Fortunately, there is something they can do: create a Borrower’s Bill of Rights.

Young Money: In July, Youth Unemployment Falls But Labor Force Participation Remains Low

In July, the economy added 209,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points, to 4.3 percent. The youth unemployment rate (which tracks 16- to 24-year-olds) also fell 0.1 percentage points, to 9 percent flat. This brings the 2017 year-to-date youth unemployment rate to 9.3 ...

Millennial Voters Win With Automatic Voter Registration

Millennials today number more than 83 million individuals and account for nearly one-third of both the labor force and the eligible voting population. Millennials now surpass Baby Boomers as America’s largest generation. Beyond sheer numbers, Millennials also represent the most diverse generation ...

Young Money: Midway Through 2017, Youth Economic Opportunity Still Depends On Race And Ethnicity

Sign up to get each edition of Young Money–our newsletter on Millennials and money–in your inbox every month. June’s youth jobs day numbers show us not just how youth fared this month, but a reflection point for the first half of 2017. As will be discussed, the numbers show that while ...

Young Money: Youth Unemployment Falls To Lowest Rate In A Decade But Participation Remains Low In May

While young people across the country finished up the school year and began to look for summer or permanent work in May, the Trump administration worked to reverse several policies that help ensure young workers’ success. The Trump budget, for instance, would cut funding for workplace development ...

#HandsOff Higher Ed: How The Trump-DeVos Education Budget Would Hurt Student Loan Borrowers

On Tuesday, May 22, President Trump announced his full budget. While he ran on a campaign bolstered by claims of populism and restoring power to the people, his budget does just the opposite: it cuts taxes for the wealthy while slashing foundational programs for low- and middle-income Americans. ...

Young Money: In April, Youth Unemployment And Labor Force Participation Remain Low

In April, the economy added 211,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent—its lowest rate since 2007. The youth unemployment rate, which measures Americans 16 to 24, ticked slightly upward in April, to 9.4 percent from 9.1 percent in March.

Young Money: Youth Unemployment Rate Falls Across The Board

In March, the economy added 98,000 jobs and the national unemployment rate fell to 4.5 percent, down from 4.7 percent in February. The youth unemployment rate, which tracks young Americans aged 16 to 24, fell even steeper, from 9.9 percent in February to 9.1 percent in March—its lowest rate in ...

Building Tomorrow: The Need For Sustained Investment In America’s Progressive Youth

For far too long, progressive youth organizations have worked to elevate and center the voices of young people while lacking the funds to efficiently and fully transform young people’s progressive values into long-term progressive change.

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