From the Executive Summary:
This report is based on findings from a Pew Research Center survey conducted Dec. 6-19, 2011, among 2,048 adults nationwide, including 808 young adults (ages 18 to 34). The report also draws on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Here is a summary of the key findings:
- Young adults hit hard by the recession.
- Public says today’s young adults have it harder than their parents did.
- Tough economic times altering young adults’ daily lives, long-term plans.
- Adulthood begins later than it used to.
- For young adults, bad times don’t trump optimism.
- Older adults have maintained their standard of living.
- Among the employed, job satisfaction has remained steady.
- But young workers feel more vulnerable than they used to.
- Few young workers see their current job as a “career.”
- Most young workers say they don’t have the education and training to get ahead.
- College enrollment rates are tied to employment declines among the young.