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10.26.2013 news

Young job seekers struggling in a sputtering economy

Even in a slowly improving economy, many teens and young college graduates are finding only frustration in their efforts to begin meaningful careers. A recently released study by the Opportunity Nation Coalition noted that 6 million Americans between 16 and 24 are neither working nor in school full time - an indication of a growing opportunity gap for young people that shows few signs of improvement.

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10.24.2013 news

3 Of 10 Millennials Forced To Move Back Home After Starting Career

A recent study released by the Opportunity Nation coalition which found that 15 percent of those between the ages of 16 and 24, or six million people, are neither in school nor working, as the Associated Press reported.

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10.24.2013 news

Jane and John: What Their Lives Tell Us About the American Dream

John and Jane represent two of the estimated 11,000 babies born in the United States each day to parents who want their children to reach their potential and thrive. Like generations before them, these families share a belief that by working hard, John and Jane will get a fair shot at upward mobility and economic security.

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10.22.2013 news

The Young and the Jobless

Almost 6 million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither in school nor working, according to a study by The Opportunity Nation coalition. How does this affect their future opportunities and economic mobility?

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10.21.2013 news

Study: 15% of US Youth Out of School, Work

Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.

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10.21.2013 news

U.S. Economic Mobility Improving Very Slowly

More than four years into the economic recovery, upward mobility in the U.S. is climbing — but very, very slowly. A new report by Opportunity Nation, a network of over 250 nonprofit, business and other organizations, analyzed 16 economic and demographic indicators and found that America’s overall “Opportunity Score” — a broad measure of economic mobility — is now 50.9, barely higher than 50 in 2012 and 49.59 in 2011. (This “Opportunity Index,” a joint project with Measure of America, began in 2011.)

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10.21.2013 news

Where is Opportunity in America? Nov/Dec Issue Washington Monthly

Am inconvenient truth has emerged. The youth unemployment rate in the United States is now higher than that of five European countries, ranging from Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands to those two bastions of sclerotic Scandinavian socialism, Denmark and Norway.

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10.21.2013 news

Where Opportunity Is Hardest to Find

The inequality of economic mobility has been getting a lot of attention since the release this summer of new research from scholars at Harvard and UC Berkeley quantifying how much harder it is for children in some parts of the United States to grow up and out of poverty than in other places. A child stands a better chance of moving up the income ladder in San Francisco than in Atlanta, for example, or in Salt Lake City compared to Cleveland.

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09.05.2013 news

Every Student Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed This School Year

Nearly 50 million U.S. elementary and secondary students have headed back to school this week for the start of a new school year. These children and young people will head to class carrying backpacks and an immeasurable, invisible weight -- their parents' hopes that they will acquire valuable skills and knowledge and, armed with a good education, move upward on the ladder of economic mobility.

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08.31.2013 news

Chattanooga leaders working toward ensuring cultural diversity

Local officials are working with with a national organization to ensure culturally diverse residents get a fair shake at success in Chattanooga and the surrounding metro area.

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