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IDLE YOUTH

BY: Adam Gavriel

It sounds like a terrible band from the 90’s, unfortunately it’s a little more of an issue than a post-grunge band.

All across the globe there is a bleak outlook for the demographic of adults aged 25 through 34.

Since the year 2000, a major shift has taken place in the United States, that has put it’s youth in a precarious situation.

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According to an article from the New York Times, the United States has gone from one of the best non-employment rates for young adults, to the worst in just 12 years.

“The grim shift — “a historic turnaround,” says Robert A. Moffitt, a Johns Hopkins University economist — stems from two underappreciated aspects of our long economic slump. First, it has exacted the harshest toll on the young — even harsher than on people in their 50s and 60s, who have also suffered. And while the American economy has come back more robustly than some of its global rivals in terms of overall production, the recovery has been strangely light on new jobs, even after Friday’s better-than-expected unemployment report. American companies are doing more with less.”

Employees are working harder and longer hours. Entry-level positions that don’t require experience are essentially non-existent. College graduates and recent college graduates alike are finding it harder and harder to not only get, but also maintain a career in their field. Employment agencies and search firms alike can help find the jobs that you are looking for in your field. If you’re an idle youth searching for that entry-level position, make sure you tackle all your search firm bases.

Imagine the economy as a sports team that needs to be rebuilt. You want to instill youth into the lineup, get them working, get them to know the system that you play, and build a solid foundation. The economy is a similar aspect, yet the youth in the economy are unable to get the positions they desire, to increase the skills and experience they desperately need.

On the bright side, if you are already in a position, things are finally looking up for you. Unfortunately, for those on the outside looking in, the recession is as strong as ever.

“The net worth of households headed by people 44 and younger has dropped more over the past decade than the net worth of middle-aged and elderly households, according to the Federal ReserveAccording to the Labor Department, workers 25 to 34 years old are the only age group with lower average wages in early 2013 than in 2000.”

Don’t let the numbers fool you. These Idle Americans are more positive than ever, as polls continue to show that many believe the future to be brighter than the present. True optimists, we can only hope.

As an Employment Agency that deals with every level from entry to management, Crossroads Consulting’s goal is to get Americans working again. But not only are we an employment agency, but a search firm as well. As true recruiters, even if you don’t find a position on our website that you believe you are a fit for, send us your resume anyway. We can help you find the position you are looking for through search firm practices, or boost your resumes appeal with our recommended resume service.

Remember, our mission as an employment agency is to get you working. We are here to put the ‘human’ back into ‘human resources.’

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