Although the number of teens and young adults disconnected from both work and school in the United States fell for the eighth year in a row in 2018, it almost cetrtainly will spike in 2020 due to COVID-related school closures and economic shutdowns, a report from Measure of America warns. The report, A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus, estimates that while the youth disconnection rate fell from 14.7 percent in 2010 during the Great Recession to 11.2 percent in 2018, it could reach nearly 25 percent in 2020, with six million youth neither in school nor working. Based on pre-pandemic data, the report also found persistent disparities in youth disconnect rates by race/ethnicity, gender, and geography, with the highest rates among Native Americans, young men, and low-income and majority-minority neighborhoods in large metro areas and isolated rural areas. The analysis also found that states with higher rates of youth disconnection saw smaller increases in youth voter turnout between 2014 and 2018.
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