“I have waited long enough for Obama to bring his shovel ready jobs,” said 26-year-old Austin Taylor, from San Antonio. “It’s obvious he is not delivering while my peers and I remain unemployed.”
Taylor is just one of the 16.8% of the nation’s young adults who remain unemployed.
Paul T. Conway, the former Chief of Staff of the US Department of Labor, should know a thing or two about adults ages 18-29 and their struggles with unemployment.
Conway is President of Generation Opportunity, a non-profit, non-partisan group “that seeks to engage everyone from young adults, to early career professionals, college students, young mothers and fathers, construction workers, current service men and women, veterans, entrepreneurs, and all Americans who find themselves dissatisfied with the status quo and willing to create a better tomorrow.”
The latest unemployment numbers by the Labor Department does not look good.
More people are paying attention to Conway, who is detailing the perspectives of more than 3.4 million young Americans through his grassroots organization.
Generation Opportunity released data this month revealing that young adults ages 18-29 faced a 12.8% non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate.
“The rate would be 16.8% if one were to factor in the 1.7 million young adults who have given up looking for work because of the poor economy,” says Conway.
“We spend the big dollars to go to college and graduate only to find there are no jobs for us,” Taylor commented. “My generation is getting the message that there is no return on investment for a college education and that politicians are more interested in the money aspect than the true education benefits for us.”
Generation Opportunity is fast becoming known through this age group through their strategies that combines advanced social media tactics with recognized field tactics.
The organization’s social media platforms – “Being American by GO,” “The Constitution by GO,” “Gas Prices Are Too Damn High,” and “Keep Texas Awesome” on Facebook – have amassed a total fan base of more than 3.4 million.
All four web pages post links to relevant articles and reports from sources ranging from the federal Government Accountability Office (GAO), to The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Brookings Institution, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, and The Heritage Foundation.
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