In today’s rallies and marches, you’ll notice a majority of those taking part in the action are young people. That’s because they know the economic policies they’re pushing back against are harming them the most. According to a new study by the International Labour Organization, trickle-down austerity measures, like the ones being pushed in Europe and by Republicans here in the United States, disproportionately hit young workers the hardest.
In austerity Ireland – a third of young workers are unemployed. And in austerity Spain – more than half of all workers under age 25 are unemployed. And here in the United States – where Republicans have forced the President’s hand on budget cuts – including cuts to Pell grant programs – half of the nation’s recent college graduates are out of work or underemployed.
If young people can’t find work out of college – then a whole generation of entrepreneurs, teachers, and engineers could be lost.