Youth Disconnection Rate at Lowest Level in Years
The rate of young people who are not in either school or the workforce is now lower than it was before the start of the Great Recession, according to the annual Measure of America report from the Social Science Research Council. Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps: Youth Disconnection in America finds that the youth disconnection rate fell to 12.3 percent in 2015, down from the 2010 high of 14.7 percent. Despite this progress, nearly 5 million young people remain detached from both school and employment. The authors find significant variation in youth disconnection rates among rural and urban areas and by race.