ERIC Number: ED555873
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Jobs and Wages for Young Americans: Is Recovery Coming? Policy Brief
Carew, Diana G.
Progressive Policy Institute
Four telling facts about jobs and wages for young Americans, as explained in this policy brief, suggest a labor market recovery is coming, although it will be gradual and uneven by educational attainment. Young Americans with a postsecondary degree are more likely to be employed, but the nature of their employment suggests they are taking lower-skill jobs at the expense of their less educated peers. However, there are actions policymakers can take to help. Such actions must target those young Americans already graduated from school, as well as those still enrolled in school, and they must work to better align the skills of young Americans with the needs of employers. These action might include: (1) comprehensive education reform; (2) redefining post-secondary education and training; (3) addressing the rising cost of college and student debt; and (4) promoting investment and asset building activities.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Labor Force, Economic Opportunities, Employment Opportunities, Employment Potential, Public Policy, Policy Formation, Educational Change, Postsecondary Education, Debt (Financial), Unemployment, Educational Attainment, Job Skills, Employment Problems, Underemployment, Salary Wage Differentials, Academic Degrees, Economic Change, Statistical Data, Trend Analysis
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Progressive Policy Institute