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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 ...

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Congressional GOP Tax and Budget Plans Benefit Wealthiest at the Expense of Vulnerable Young People

House and Senate Republicans are proposing tax plans that will be a disaster for our generation’s pursuit of economic stability. Currently, the House has passed its version of a tax plan, with the Senate set to consider a similar plan and vote on it shortly after Thanksgiving. Because these tax ...

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Young And Unionized

Rachel Bryan’s family are fourth generation homeowners in Oakland, California. When Rachel moved to Washington, DC, about a year ago for work, she describes the cross-country change as “taking one for the team.” But she says this while laughing, and talks in such a way that you can tell ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Millennials and Money

On the first day of my summer internship, our intern coordinator asked us to bring in a voided check in order to route money to our bank accounts. “Voided check? What does that mean?” asked a fellow intern. “You know, it’s a check that has ‘VOID’ written in big letters across the ...

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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 ...

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6 Stories That Show Why Student Loan Borrowers Need Protection

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recently decided to roll back rules designed to help students who have been defrauded by their colleges. While scammed students have continued to request relief processing, no new loan discharges have been approved since January 20. Some borrowers have been waiting ...

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Who Are America’s Millennial Homeowners?

Homeownership may not be the rite of passage it once was for young adults: according to a report by the Pew Research Center, 2016 saw the lowest level of young homeowners in over 40 years. The same report says that 81 percent of adults think buying a home is the best long-term investment in the ...

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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 ...

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Seven Reasons Borrowers Want Sec. DeVos to Fire, Not Hire Navient

Navient, which two states and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently sued, holds loans for one in four student loan borrowers while maintaining a notorious record for cheating students at every stage of repayment. The Department of Education should act in the interest of borrowers ...

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#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. ...

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