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Jul 11 / Veronica Bielat

America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014

From IES Newsflash Service

The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics has released America’s Young Adults: Special Issue, 2014. The indicators presented in this report provide a rich snapshot of the health, education, and well-being of America’s young adults.

Report findings include:

• In 2013, 84 percent of young adult women and 81 percent of young adult men had completed at least a high school education. These percentages were up from 79 and 75 percent, respectively, in 1980.

• The overall college enrollment rate for 18- to 24-year-olds increased from 26 percent in 1980 to 41 percent in 2012. Among Hispanics in this age group, college enrollment during this time increased from 22 to 37 percent, the largest increase among all racial and ethnic groups.

• In 2011–12, about 68 percent of young adult undergraduates in their fourth year of college or above had received federal loans, non-federal loans, or Parent Loans for Undergraduates (PLUS, received by parents), compared with 50 percent in 1989–90.

• The mean cumulative debt per fourth-year student in 2011–12 was $25,400, up from $14,700 in 1989–90, after adjusting for inflation.

• A higher percentage of young adults ages 20–24 was neither enrolled in school nor working in 2013 (19 percent) than in 1990 (17 percent). This percentage also increased for young adults at various levels of educational attainment.

• The labor force participation rate for young adults was 65 percent in 2012, compared with the peak rate of 75 percent in 1986 and 74 percent in 2000.

• Fifty-eight percent of young men and 51 percent of young women lived with their parents in 2013.

To view the full report please visit http://childstats.gov/