After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street


After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street

SEATTLE — Duane Taylor was studying the humanities in community college and living in his own place when he lost his job in a round of layoffs. Then he found, and lost, a second job. And a third.

Now, with what he calls “lowered standards” and a tenuous new position at a Jack in the Box restaurant, Mr. Taylor, 24, does not make enough to rent an apartment or share one. He sleeps on a mat in a homeless shelter, except when his sister lets him crash on her couch.

“At any time I could lose my job, my security,” said Mr. Taylor, explaining how he was always the last hired and the first fired. “I’d like to be able to support myself. That’s my only goal.”

Across the country, tens of thousands of underemployed and jobless young people, many with college credits or work histories, are struggling to house themselves in the wake of the recession, which has left workers between the ages of 18 and 24 with the highest unemployment rate of all adults.

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3 Responses to “After Recession, More Young Adults Are Living on Street”
  1. True so very true.Thank God for family,extended family,and friends,it’s not just the young people it is also the elderly as well.I see it everywhere it truly knows different generations and walks of life no one is exempt.What a tragedy for our young people.

  2. stripes says:

    That’s where a lot of these kids would be if not for their parents. We are all victims of the biggest financial fraud in history. These politicians should be fired and stripped of everything and forced to live within their means with no credit and eat pink slime hamburger meat.

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