Report: US Jobs Gap Between Young And Old Is Widest Ever

A new survey of attitudes finds a significant number of Americans believe that younger adults have been hit harder than any other group by the tight job market.

The Pew survey finds that 41 percent of Americans believe young adults have taken the biggest recession hit, compared to 29 percent who say it's middle-aged Americans and 24 percent who point to seniors.

At least 69 percent also say young adults are having a tougher time getting by than their parents did when they were young.

Among young adults ages 18 to 34, only a third rated their financial situation as "excellent" or "good." The number was around 50 percent in 2004, before the recession began.

But the survey also indicates young people are upbeat about the future. Only 9 percent say they don't think they'll ever have enough money to live the life they want.


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  • by Boats Location: Beaufort on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:11 AM
    I would be almost willing to bet that if today's young people had the same work ethic of the older generation, especially the "greatest" generation, this wouldn't be a problem. Problem is, for the most part, today's younger workers look upon job as an entitlement, not a privilage, or a responsibility. I wasn't raised that way. My dad was a mill hand and a member of the "greatest" generation, and he instilled his work ethic into both me and my brothers...
  • by Back Location: Gvlle on Feb 9, 2012 at 07:59 AM
    I don't watch Fox that often....but....to those that say Fox lies...answer this question: why is Fox the No.1 ranked cable news network and why is it trusted more by Americans than any other news network? Google it..its very easy to find. So logically speaking, the ones that say Fox lies are the ones that have NO IDEA what they are talking about. So you guys are basically telling the rest of us that you are ignorant, gullible, and will believe most anything the liberal press tells you regardless of their spin. I mean this must be the case as the majority of viewers are not ignorant and gullible. Again,logic dictates the minority would be, and that would be you liberals lieing about Fox. Keep drinkinig that obama koolaid folks, one day you will choke on it.
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      by to back, we know its actually OSOC, and we know you watch FOX! on Feb 9, 2012 at 11:54 AM in reply to Back
      Fox News Viewers are the Most Misinformed: A Seventh Study Arrives to Prove It...... http://thinkprogress.org/romm/2011/11/22/374434/fox-news-viewers-misinformed-study-jon-stewart/?mobile=nc
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        by Sad but True on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:36 PM in reply to to back, we know its actually OSOC, and we know you watch FOX!
        Relying on the Fox News Channel as your only source of news is like using MAD Magazine as a legitimate source of news. The Fox News Channel's reporting style is so biased and skewed that trying to obtain any real information from a news report is quite challenging. Fox News is a joke because it provides info-tainment rather than reality-based news coverage. Fox News Channel is a "news channel" in name only.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:26 PM in reply to Back
      Fox may be #1, but so is Sponge Bob, and the WWE.
  • by Lee Location: Washngton on Feb 9, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    The younger class have it alot harder than their parents or even their grandparents. Yea the hands on work was harder back then, all you needed was a strong back and a desire to go and get ahead. There are so many regulations now to advance that it is almost impossiable. We are a country of oversite groups. Businesses that were started years ago would never get off the ground today. Not without a lawyer, political kickbacks, and everyone else who can get a piece of the pie getting their share. And this is just to get started.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:27 AM
    First off, this was just a "survey of attitudes" and not information based on hard data. It amounts to someone standing around saying, "So what d'yall think?" I've lost a job and had to go looking too, but there are jobs out there if you really want one. My grandparents lived through the Great Depression, and not one time did I ever hear them, or anyone else their age, whine about it. They got up and got on with it. When and why did we become such a bunch of whiny-arsed pansies?
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:39 AM
    In general young adults have bad attitudes about working. They are more likely to be late or absent from work. They are less likely to follow instructions. They are more mobile and likely to quit in a lurch. I can think of a few more reasons why young adults are more likely to be laid off than older adults who are much more reliable and more dedicated top their work.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:29 AM
    the "survey" raises more questions than it answers. sounds like it was done by someone who needs a grant for more "research" into the matter.
  • by obamanot on Feb 9, 2012 at 02:48 AM
    They are up beat about the future alright.Little do they know they have been suckered in and brained washed by the pinnochiobama liberal lamestream media and their stupid libterdial college professors.All I can say for them is go have fun while ocuppying wall street!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:19 AM in reply to obamanot
      Yet another mis informed Fox Viewer. Do you realize just how ignorant you sound?
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      by Nelson on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:44 AM in reply to obamanot
      It's so sad that you fall for FOX's lies, hook, line and stinker.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:52 AM in reply to obamanot
      These types only look up Limbaugh.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 02:17 AM
    Thank you Barrack Obama.
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      by Barlow on Feb 9, 2012 at 03:09 AM in reply to
      Always good to actually read these articles before commenting. From the article; "young adults have taken the biggest recession hit". Now that we have actually read something, who is the President that created the recession? And who is the President that ended the recession? Here is some help? "The recession officially ended in June 2009, according to the Business Cycle Dating Committee of the National Bureau of Economic Research, the official arbiter of such dates. As many economists had expected, this official end date makes the most recent downturn the longest since World War II. This recent recession, having begun in December 2007, lasted 18 months."
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      by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:17 AM in reply to
      Yet another mis informed Fox viewer, bet you $10,000.00
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      by Wanda on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:43 AM in reply to
      Where are all the jobs Bush promised us when he doled out trillions in deficit-fi­nanced tax cuts to millionair­es and billionair­es? Those tax cuts are still in effect, by the way. Newt wants to replace them all with low cost child labor. MittRomney wants to 'fire them.' In fact, he enjoys it.
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