Generation Jobless

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that while the U.S. labor market is in a malaise, but young adults are in crisis. Though workers of all ages face economic headwinds, teens and adults uMK-BQ172_GENJOB_DV_20111106195444nder the age of 24, especially those with little or no college education, are faring the worst, economists say. The 16.7% unemployment rate among Americans in that group is more than twice the rate for workers 25 and older.

The current slump has been longer and deeper: The unemployment rate has been above 16% for 32 months—and counting. For 29 of those months, the rate has been above 17%, reaching a record 19.5% in April of last year.

Paralyzed by a painful economy, some young adults have decided to forgo college degrees, graduate school or even the search for full-time work. Others are working temporary or odd jobs just to get by. Many have moved back in with their parents.

Unemployment is particularly acute for young men. In the 16 to 24 age group, 18% of males lacked jobs last month, compared with 15.3% of females. That is partly because the worst-hit sectors, such as construction, employ more men than women. Female-dominated sectors—health care and education, for example—have done better.  It’s worth reading the whole article… I wonder how we as Church can/ might/ should respond?

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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