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War On The Young, Quantified

In light of yesterday’s underwhelming jobs report, we present the following two charts care of the Bureau of Labor Statistics (h/t Zero Hedge):

War on the Young 1

Here’s the younger cohort broken out a bit more finely. Of the under-55 set, only the 25-34 age bracket has seen any kind of job growth since the start of 2009. And it’s been fairly anemic:


The charts speak for themselves. Grim times for anyone who’s not already well established in their field.

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  • Jim Luebke

    Looks like it should be possible to the GOP to drain some votes from the Democrats in 2014, in demographics they’re not expecting to get hammered in. If this trend continues, (and I’m not sure why it would change) the narrative “Obama and the Democrats are bad for your job prospects” should resonate well into 2016.

  • Andrew Allison

    The charts don’t speak to me for themselves. I find the divergence very puzzling, especially the contrast between the 45054 and 55+ cohorts. Could it be that a lot of retirees are being forced back to work?

    • Jim Luebke

      “Forced” to work for one’s living… what an interesting turn of phrase.

      Most companies are dropping their training programs. If someone is neither a) a perfect fit for a job opening, with decades of experience, or b) young enough to pay a pittance, they get employed.

      Anyone falling between is out of luck.

  • Anthony

    Charts certainly reflect a demographic consequence of broader global trend towards open markets in money, goods, ideas, and technology. They (the young) certainly face faster-paced and more volatile economic environment.

  • Luke Lea

    I find it hard to believe that workers fifty-five and older are in highest demand. That’s the age when most employers start to look the other way. What’s going on here?

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