A Profile of Young Workers (16-26) in Low-Income Families

ProfileOfYoungWorkersYoung employees from low-income families are more likely than those from higher-income families to do less well across a number of metrics including completing high school, receiving postsecondary credentials, being continuously employed, and having health insurance coverage. These disparate outcomes can have lifelong consequences for both the employees and for the social support systems that help low-income families. These data present both an immediate need and a societal opportunity. The government, philanthropic and educational sectors have responded with a number of programs targeting young low-income employees, many of which center on the education and training of current and prospective employees. Increasingly, leading businesses are also recognizing that young low-income employees matter to the business bottom line, not just as customers today, but also as a source of present and future talent. This report is intended to enhance these efforts by presenting an aggregate profile of young wage and salaried employees who live in low-income families. This report was prepared for Corporate Voices for Working Families by the Families and Work Institute with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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