The Dismal Numbers Behind Disconnected Youth

Across America, one in seven young people — or 5.8 million individuals ages 16 to 24 — are neither employed nor in school, and the highest rate is among people of color.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 03: A man takes a break from at a job fair sponsored by State Senator Jose R. Peralta and Elmcor Youth and Adult Activities on May 3, 2012 in the Queens borough of New York City. Representatives of over 60 companies met job seekers that numbered over one thousand. The Labor Department announced Thursday that weekly unemployment benefit applications fell 27,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 365,000. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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