45 percent of 25 year olds carry student debt and the median net worth of those 35 and younger is one month of expenses.
It is clear looking at economic data that young Americans were not sent the memo regarding this economic recovery. People do realize that the “Great Recession” officially ended in the summer of 2009, right? We’re heading into year six of this recovery but many are simply seeing lower paying jobs, a deeper reliance on debt, and inflation hitting in important segments of our economy. For example, some of the top employment sectors in our country are in the form of food services and retail that tend to hire a disproportionately large amount of young workers. But with more people going to college and taking on record levels of debt, working retail is not going to cut it. Back in 2000 about 25% of 25 year olds carried some form of college debt. Today that percentage is up to 45%. That is a major jump and shows that for many, simply going to college requires some form of debt assistance. And that is why we now have over $1.2 trillion in outstanding student debt across the country. But young Americans are also seeing hits to their net worth. Let us look at the “recovery” for young Americans.
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