The Youth Misery Index (YMI) hits All Time High of 98.6

At no point in recent history has life been harder for America’s young people. The Youth Misery Index adds together youth unemployment, average graduating student debt (in thousands), and national debt per capita (in thousands).

YYouth Misery Index (YMI)

outh unemployment is at 16.3 percent—one of the highest levels since World War II. Average graduating student debt has reached a record-breaking $29,400. National debt per capita is $52,948—the highest ever. Add it up, and the Youth Misery Index comes out to 98.6 (16.3 + 29.4 + 52.9 = 98.6).

What does this number mean? Like Jimmy Carter’s Misery Index, the YMI uncovers some real threats to our nation’s prosperity. The government is largely responsible for all three problems, and we’ve found a statistically significant relationship between government expenditures and the Youth Misery Index. Each indicator can be tied to government actions.

To fix these problems, young people must become more active; we cannot expect policy makers in Washington to fight these battles for us.

Please contact Ashley Pratte for more information about the Youth Misery Index or call 800-USA-1776.

Via – Young America’s Foundation

Youth Misery Index (YMI) Graph -Media Credit: The College Fix

Youth Misery Index (YMI) Graph -Media Credit: The College Fix

 

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