Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities

In the United States today, one in seven young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 is disconnected—neither working nor in school. That’s 5,527,000 Americans, about as many people as live in Minnesota. Youth disconnection negatively affects the economy, the social sector, the criminal justice system, and the political landscape, costing taxpayers at least $26.8 billion in 2013 alone. Zeroing In on Place and Race is an in-depth look at how these youth are faring in America’s cities, with breakdowns by state, congressional district, county, gender, and race and ethnicity. The report uncovers startling geographic variations in the rate of disconnection and evidence that residential segregation by race disproportionately harms black teenagers and young adults.

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