Young workers

The weak labor market stemming from the Great Recession has been very tough on young workers, with workers under age 25 having unemployment rates slightly over twice as high as the national average. EPI research documents the labor market outcomes of young graduates today in order to flag the wage, income, and retirement challenges of tomorrow. EPI also identifies the policies that will bring down young workers’ unemployment rates most quickly and effectively as those that will generate strong job growth overall, such as fiscal relief to states, substantial additional investment in infrastructure, expanded safety net measures, and direct job creation programs in communities particularly hard-hit by unemployment.