Youth Hardest Hit in Obama Economy

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Whom has the recession hurt the most? There is no easy answer to that question—job opportunities have diminished for every ethnic and demographic group. But one of the worst hit groups has attracted little media attention: the youth. Younger Americans overwhelmingly voted for Obama in 2008, but the Obama economy has not treated them well:

The economy has not changed for the better for younger workers. These challenges have given rise to a new group called Generation Opportunity, an organization working toward solutions on economic challenges, such as a lack of job opportunities.

Paul T. Conway, former chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Labor under Secretary Elaine Chao, spoke at yesterday’s Bloggers Briefing about the latest unemployment numbers. In response to the challenges facing young Americans, Conway said:

America’s young adults have the optimism, creativity, talent, and initiative to help put the country back on the right track. Amazingly, they have been told to simply be patient and continue to pay the devastating personal costs of federal policies that penalize job creators and fail opportunity seekers.