Get Your Life Together: Study Shows Black And Latino Youth Are Most “Disconnected” In America, Unemployed, Not In School

Below are some of the highlights of the report, which compared the youth disconnection rates of the top 25 metropolitan areas:

Blacks: About 19 percent of African-American women are disconnected, compared with 26 percent of males, or more than one in four.

Latinos: More than 20 percent of Latinas are neither enrolled in school nor working, compared with their male counterparts (16.8 percent). Latino males are less likely to be enrolled in school.

Asian-Americans: About 8 percent of Asians are not connected to work or school, compared with whites at 11.7 percent.

Metro areas and Latinos: Washington, San Diego, and Chicago are the top three metro regions where Latinos are more likely to be engaged in work or school. Conversely, Boston, New York, and Phoenix have the highest rate of Latinos not working or studying.

Metro areas and blacks: Blacks in San Diego, Boston, and Denver had the lowest rates of youths disconnected, while blacks in Pittsburgh, Seattle, and Phoenix had the highest rates.

Neighborhoods: Nearly 40 percent of youths who are out of school and jobless live in households with incomes that fall below the poverty line.

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