Let's Talk Job Creation

What's the Issue

No matter how much people complain about long shifts or office politics, voters care about jobs more than any other issue. It comes as no surprise that all presidential candidates propose plans for creating more jobs and making sure fewer people are unemployed or underemployed. For Millennials, job creation is especially important, since the unemployment rate for young people is still way higher than the national average.

What do I Need to Know

Millennials were hit particularly hard by the Great Recession. In 2010, unemployment averaged a whopping 25.8% among 16- to 19-year-olds, and 15.5% among 20- to 24-year-olds. Today, those numbers have come down, but youth unemployment is still higher than the national average. And for those lucky enough to have found work, wages for young adult workers still declined 70 percent faster between 2007 and 2014 than they did for all workers.

What do Millennials Think

Finding Work

86 of Millennials agree that there should be free job counseling for anyone in America who is unemployed and wants to find work.

Why Should I Care

Because unemployment today will hurt us down the road.

Unemployment for Millennials today isn't only a problem in the short term – it also has serious consequences for Millennials' futures. Many Millennials unable to find jobs end up discouraged, neither working nor in school. These years without employment lead to lower wages in the future, and cut down on young workers' opportunities for career growth and stability.

Because unemployed Millennials are also bad news for the whole country.

On top of these major personal problems, Millennial unemployment leads to a huge loss of tax dollars for the government, meaning that the entire country's economy suffers.

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What are the Candidates Saying

Creating good paying jobs and raising incomes is the defining economic challenge of our time.

Hillary Clinton [D]

I'll be the greatest jobs President that God ever created. I'll take them back from China, from Japan, from Mexico.

Donald Trump [R]
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