AFL_CIO_Young_workers

AFL_CIO_Young_workers - AFL-CIO WORKING AMERICA Young...

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Young Workers: A Lost DecADe AFL-CIO WORKING AMERICA
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Young Workers: A Lost DecADe 2009 i tABLe oF contents INTROdUCTiON 1 exECUTivE sUmmaRy 3 thE LOST DECadE 7 DREamS Of AdUlThOOd DEfERREd 13 AN ovERlOOKEd MajORiTy 19 ViSiONS fOR a rEiNviGORaTEd eCONOmy 25 thE chaNGiNG WORKplaCE 30 tRaNSlaTiNG ViSiON TO ACTiON: nEw VOTERS, chaNGE MaKERS 35 rEClaimiNG ThE LOST DECadE 39 METhOdOlOGy 42 TABLE OF CHARTS MaNy YOUNG WORKERS LabOR ON LabOR Day 1 YOUNG PEOplE ARE LESS cONfidENT AbOUT thEiR eCONOmiC FUTURE 1 YOUNG WORKERS ARE HaviNG a HaRdER timE PayiNG BillS thaN 10 YEaRS AGO 9 LESS thaN oNE-thiRd caN Pay BillS aNd PUT sOmE MONEy ASidE 9 riSiNG PRiCES, FalliNG BEhiNd ARE tOp WORRiES 10 AlmOST oNE-thiRd Of YOUNG WORKERS DO not HavE HEalTh INSURaNCE cOST IS nO. 1 rEaSON YOUNG WORKERS DON’T HavE HEalTh INSURaNCE MORE thaN Half Of YOUNG WORKERS HavE nO rETiREmENT PlaN aT WORK 11 YOUNG WORKERS ARE ON ThE PaiNfUl sidE Of a gENERaTiONal DividE YOUNG WORKERS ARE iN a timE cRUNCh 12 MORE thaN oNE-thiRd Of YOUNG WORKERS sTill LivE wiTh PaRENTS 15 AlmOST Half Of YOUNG WORKERS Of cOlOR PUT off edUCaTiON DUE TO cOSTS 15 oNE-FifTh Of YOUNG WORKERS say thEy’RE ovER-QUalifiEd 16 WOmEN aNd WORKERS Of cOlOR WORRy MOST AbOUT edUCaTiON cOSTS nO DEGREE = LESS INCOmE aNd FEwER BENEfiTS YOUNG WORKERS WORRy AbOUT HaviNG TO POSTpONE sTaRTiNG a Family 17 WORKiNG MOThERS ARE shORTEd ON ovERTimE aNd timE off YOUNG LOw-INCOmE WORKERS HavE a LOT TO WORRy AbOUT 21
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Low-Income Workers Are Shorted on Benefits, Too 21 Job Quality Is Lower for Low-Income Workers 22 Low-Income Young Workers Are Confident in Obama 23 Low-Income Workers Face Roadblocks on the Way to Adulthood 23 Young Workers Say Jobs Need Improvement 27 Young Workers Don’t Trust Employers 27 Job Loss, Insufficient Pay Are Biggest Economic Problems 28 Bush, Wall Street and CEOs Blamed for Crisis 28 Jobs, Health Care and Education Are Top Priorities for Young Workers 29 Young Workers Support Immigration Reform 30 Young Workers Embrace New Technology and Diversity, Reject High Turnover 30 Strong Work Ethic Seen as Most Important Quality for Success 31 Young Workers See Reducing Government as a Low Priority Young Workers Strongly Favor Public Investment to Create Jobs Over Reducing Budget Deficit 31 Young Workers Want Personal and Family Time, Good Income and to Make a Difference 32 Preparing the Next Generation and a Just Economy Are Top Goals 33 Young Workers Follow Government and Public Affairs 37 Most Young Workers Are Confident in Obama’s Agenda 37 First-Time Voters Strongly Support Obama’s Policies 38 Most Young Workers Confident Obama’s Election Will Help Race Relations 38 Young Workers Believe in Collective Action 39 Half Say Workers Are Better Off With Unions 39 Income and Race Affect Young Workers’ Technology Use… 40 …And Attitudes About Technology 41 ii YOUNG WORKERS: A LOST DECADE 2009
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Young Workers: A Lost DecADe 2009 1 thiS ONE Small faCT iS a hiNT aT ThE ECONOmiC laNdSCapE TOday’S yOUNG wORKERS CONfRONT aS ThEy ENTER ThE wORKfORCE. A NaTiONwidE SURvEy
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