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Idle Youth in Minnesota.

Ahlburg, Dennis A.

Are large numbers of youth idle in Minnesota? Not in school, not working, not in the military, and not looking for work? A professor of industrial relations analyzed 1980 and 1990 census data and discovered that the number of idle youth dropped from 9 percent to 6 percent over the decade. In 1980 idleness was more prevalent in outstate Minnesota, but this difference had disappeared by 1990. However, holding other factors constant that might affect idleness, he found that a metro youth is more likely to be idle than a nonmetro youth. Analysis of the factors associated with idleness--such as education, age, family structure, and race--gives some insight into why some youth are idle and why certain areas have high concentrations of idle youth. Increases in idleness among fifteen and sixteen year olds and among twenty-five year olds are disturbing developments.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
27 (3): 7-10.
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Reporter 27 (3)