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Youth, Jobs, and the Future: Problems and Prospects

Lynn S. Chancer, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, and Christine Trost


This book confronts the persistent issues of youth unemployment and worsening socioeconomic precarity in the United States. While overall unemployment has declined, the unemployment rate remains nearly twice as high for young people 16–19 years of age and nearly three times as high for those aged 20–24. Millions of youth are neither in school nor working, and rates of unemployment and underemployment are nearly two to three times higher for black and Latino youth. Despite these glaring statistics, far more attention has been given to diminished social prospects facing young people in Europe th ... More

Keywords: youth unemployment, socioeconomic precarity, unemployment rate, underemployment, native youth, immigrant youth, working-class youth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190685898
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190685898.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynn S. Chancer, editor
Professor of Sociology, Hunter College

Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, editor
Professor of Sociology, UC Berkeley

Christine Trost, editor
Berkeley Center for Right-Wing Studies, UC Berkeley

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Lynn S. Chancer, Martín Sánchez-Jankowski, and Christine Trost

Part I Setting the Stage: Trends and Macrocontexts

Part II Privilege and Disadvantage in the Youth Labor Market

3 Take This Job and Love It?

Jamie K. McCallum*

4 Real Jobs and Redshirting

Patrick J. Carr and Maria J. Kefalas

Part III Socioeconomic Precarity and Youth Unemployment

8 Effects of Incarceration on Labor Market Outcomes Among Young Adults

David J. Harding,*Anh P. Nguyen, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and Shawn D. Bushway

Part IV What Is to Be Done?

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