Throughout our coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, we were pleased to report that youth involvement in the conservative cause is increasing more than it has in decades. Most of the 20-somethings in attendance at CPAC had a clear message when asked why they’ve decided to get involved: The future looks bad.
Well, if you don’t want to take the younger generation’s word that the outlook is bleak for the under-30 crowd, here are some numbers to prove what liberal government policies have done to the demographic.
Via a CNS News analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers out today (emphasis in bold):
The labor force participation rate in 2013 for Americans in their twenties hit the lowest level recorded since 1981, when the Bureau of Labor Statistics started releasing employment data on people in the full age bracket of 20 through 29.
The labor force participation rate for people ages 20 through 24—which BLS has been tracking since 1948—hit a 42-year low in 2013.
Since 2008, the last year before President Barack Obama took office, the number of Americans in their twenties who were not in the labor force during the average month has climbed from 8,756,000 to 10,511,000—an increase of 1,755,000 or 20 percent.
The 10,511,000 Americans age 20 through 29 who were not in the labor force in 2013 is the highest ever recorded by BLS.