A Generation Without Hope
The latest jobs numbers showing May’s increased unemployment rate obscured other bad news for President Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign: Almost 17 percent of younger voters are out of work.
That’s a cause for campaign concern because younger voters lopsidedly supported Obama in 2008 and his organizers now want youth to provide his campaign with volunteers and enthusiasm that could buoy his numbers amid record unemployment, deficits and debt.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on June 1 that 12.1 percent of young people had unsuccessfully looked for a job during the last several weeks.
The underlying data also showed that 1.7 million people aged 18 to 29 had given up looking for jobs.