On the eve of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of teens and young adults disconnected from both work and school in the United States was lower than it had been in over a decade. Between 2010 and 2019, the youth disconnection rate fell 27 percent, driven largely by the steady increase in youth employment in the years following the Great Recession. The 2020 national youth disconnection rate is 12.6 percent, or 4,830,700 young people—an upward spike that reverses a decade-long trend of falling rates.

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A Disrupted Year: How the Arrival of Covid-19 Affected Youth Disconnection
Kristen Lewis
Measure of America, Social Science Research Council
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