25 Percent of Millennials Who Live at Home Are Unemployed

A quarter of millennials living at home with their parents have no job and no responsibilities. Twenty-five percent of 18-to-34-year-olds in the U.S. living under their parents’ roof are on an extended vacation, but not entirely by choice.

The U.S. Census Bureau released a comprehensive study Wednesday analyzing the economic and demographic changes of young adults from 1970 to 2016. Nearly 1-in-3 millennials live at home with one-in-four living idly, meaning they neither go to school or work. That’s approximately 2.2 million people.

The majority of the 2.2 million have a high school degree or less, over half of them are male, and about 20 percent of them have at least one child. A quarter of the group also has some type of disability.

The report also found another interesting development among young cohorts: Unlike their parents and other previous generations that chose to get married young, millennials are pushing their marriage prospects back rather dramatically . . .

The vast majority of Americans hold to the belief that educational and financially lucrative accomplishments are important milestones of adulthood. Those beliefs stand in stark contrast to their feelings about marriage and parenthood. (Read more from “25 Percent of Millennials Who Live at Home Are Unemployed” HERE)

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Millennials’ Views on Communism: All the Proof You Need on Education System’s Abject Failure

Call it the latest in proof positive some Millennials are hell-bent on being ignorant and brash, but they did all they could to live up to their poor reputation earlier in March. A group of Millennials denigrated the Victims of Communism (VOC) Memorial on Capitol Hill, taking photos of themselves flipping it the middle finger, then posting and bragging about their slimy conduct on social media.

Millions of people have been murdered, tortured, and persecuted by communist dictators like Joseph Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Fidel Castro. The memorial was built to honor those innocent lives. The front pedestal reads, “To the more than one hundred million victims of communism and to those who love liberty.”

Several Twitter accounts related to the incident link to the website of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, a socialist-third party that believes “the only solution to the deepening crisis of capitalism is the socialist transformation of society.”

Millennials for communism

This seems to go hand in hand with what we already know Millennials believe about communism as an ideology to be admired. In October, VOC released a survey which gauged Americans’ attitudes toward socialism, communism, and related ideas.

We knew Millennials, born in 1982-2002, had a thing for Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., but the VOC survey showed they embraced much more than just a grandfatherly version of an American-Socialist.

According to the study, just over half of millennials (55 percent) believe communism was and still is a problem, compared with 80 percent of Baby Boomers and 91 percent of elderly Americans. Only 37 percent of millennials have a “very unfavorable” view of communism, while 57 percent of the rest of Americans do. A surprising 64 percent of Americans agreed with the classic Karl Marx statement that underpins Marxist philosophy: “From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.

This was not only shocking about their present views, but revealing about their previous or current history education. Marion Smith, executive director of the VOC told me on the phone that the March incident not only “shows a callous disrespect of innocent lives sacrificed,” but unfortunately ties in with how rabidly Millennials have embraced communism. “I think incidents like this are made more likely because so many people don’t understand history. They don’t understand Mao and Stalin are mass murderers. They don’t know about the crimes committed by people of these communist regimes. They don’t understand the human misery as a real fact of history.”

What’s the appeal of dangerous ideologies like this to Millennials? Smith told me, “Many students are taught that the alternative to a free enterprise system is a form of socialism. A marxist interpretation of society. If you don’t like capitalism, the obvious alternative in most people’s minds is some form of marxist faith.”

Ignorance breeds fanaticism

This type of ignorance stems from a lack of education, and in some cases our nation’s cultural slide. But it is exactly what progressives — even Marxists — wanted in order to implement their policies. Millennials have become the type of de facto voter base socialist leaders cater to and ultimately exploit via everything from propaganda to crimes against humanity. If a person has little knowledge of historical perspective, and is therefore vulnerable and willing to agree with any ideological talking point that comes their way in a pretty package, that person is an easy target to woo, to turn into a fanatical zealot, and to then wittingly or unwittingly participate in the types of crimes these very leaders committed. Multiply that by thousands and you have a Katyn massacre on your hands — not because people always knew or were complicit (innocent people should not take the blame), but because evil dictators exploited ignorance and filled empty minds with their twisted ideology.

The only way to stop this trend is to cut it off where it begins: education. It’s imperative we press for a more expansive, clarifying education of global history to high school and college students so they are informed about how communism actually played out in various cultures. VOC has made significant efforts to that end, but more must be done.

Since studies show high-schoolers and collegiates don’t know basic facts about world history, let alone the staggering atrocities communist regimes committed, they offer a supplemental curriculum to aid teachers in educating students about this specific topic. A few minutes watching the videos within their “Witness,” project–stories of survivors of communism–might provide valuable perspective for some Millennials still touting Marx as a mentor. “The danger of forgetting history is it opens up what is acceptable in our politics,” reminds Smith. “The language of violence that is so much a part of certain ideologies.” Let’s do what we can to educate our young people, even Millennials, so this doesn’t happen again and so history does not forget those brutally murdered by communist regimes. (For more from the author of “Millennials’ Views on Communism: All the Proof You Need on Education System’s Abject Failure” please click HERE)

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Fellow Millennials, Shrug off Special Snowflake Syndrome and Get to Work

Millennials are a fun group to make fun of, rage at, and relish in their schadenfreude. There’s something ironic about group of kids who grew up being told they could be “anything” but are now living in Mom’s basement. Still, that’s not great for society, the economy, or them. Are millennials destined to be a complacent segment of society, or can they rise above their own questionable reputation?

Unemployed and Unemployable

Recently Forbes tweeted:

The first part should come as no surprise — their reputation precedes every news article, and they’re hardly known for being hard workers. Also, it seems like everybody is down on the economy so maybe that’s it.

But wait, twice the national average? Oops.

Sure enough, the unemployment rate has fallen to 4.9 percent, “the lowest in eight years,” according to CNN Money. So if millennials are unemployed at twice the rate of the national average, the problem lies with them. Forbes offered conjecture wrapped in advice and encouragement: “Millennials are doing lots right in the job hunt. We’re picky, purpose-driven and willing to take risks. But we also frequently make avoidable mistakes that waste our time and sabotage our career prospects.” “Picky” might be a larger part of the problem than it looks. Too picky, too perfect, and too precious.

The Pew Research Center reported in May that more 18- to 34-year-olds are living at home (with mom, dad, or both parents) than are “married or cohabiting and living in their own household.” According to Pew, the biggest reason for this was their inability to find jobs to support their independence. That is one sad, pathetic, and ultimately scary statistic, especially when you consider millennials have surpassed baby boomers as the nation’s largest living generation.

So why are these mostly able-bodied, agile-minded millennials — who grew up in one of the greatest, most industrialized, advanced countries in the history of the universe, with opportunities abounding — living with Mom and Dad instead of making their mark on the world and contributing to society?

It’s impossible to speak for all of them and any attempt is certainly an estimated guess, but this was the generation of participation ribbons, of mothers charging into school to talk to teachers at the first sign of discord, and of the false encouragement, “You can be anything.” Might these factors relate to a job-seeking generation who just can’t seem to “find” any work? Of course, the latter is a common phrase parents use when they’re trying to be encouraging. However, as children enter their teens and their strengths and weaknesses and proclivities toward particular subjects and activities become obvious, direction is useful. A student who can’t pass calculus should not be told he can get into medical school, unless he plans on really working hard on math.

Hard Life Lessons

Millennials who grew up with parents shielding them from any disagreements in school, constantly telling them they were the “best” or “special” have come to discover the world does not view them that way and have thrown up their hands and returned home to roost. This graph, showing how veteran human resources professionals really feel about millennial job seekers — and how millennials feel about themselves — demonstrates this well.

“Snowflake” children who grew up protected within a sheltered bubble (think snow globe) have now reached adulthood, and instead of starting at the bottom of the proverbial vocational chain, they consider themselves too good, too pretty, too special, for real work. They have abandoned the prospect completely, thus rendering themselves useless, living up to their already-soiled reputation. Dirty, uncomfortable work provides more life lessons than a parent’s basement.

I know because at 34, I am (barely) a millennial who started working at age 13 (over summer and winter breaks) and have never stopped. I’ve been the only woman on a construction site, hanging wallpaper in new homes. Even after earning a B.A., I worked at a coffee shop for a few months, because I couldn’t find work in my field of study and needed the income. Uncomfortable? Of course. Lessons learned? Absolutely.

It’s time millennials shrugged off their reputation and got to work, whatever that might be and however “beneath” them in might feel. It will teach them valuable lessons while they contribute to society at the same time. As George Bernard Shaw said,

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

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Millennials Have ‘Historically Low’ Levels Of Trust In Government

A new poll surveying young Americans’ political attitudes released by Harvard University’s Institute of Politics Tuesday found millennials have less trust in government than ever before.

Harvard’s poll showed millennials, which the pollsters defined as peopled aged 18 to 29, have lost trust in a variety of different major public institutions including the President, the military, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the federal government as a whole. Of all the institutions tracked by the poll, the President and the military lost the most trust among young Americans with a seven point drop. Overall, the pollsters said the level of trust millennials have in “most American institutions tested in our survey” had dropped below even “last year’s historically low numbers.”

This chart created by the pollsters shows the steep declines in their “composite trust index,” which is the level of trust on average in six different public institutions; the President, the U.S. Military, the Supreme Court, the federal government, and the United Nations. The drop is dramatic:

composite trust chart

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Shocking Harvard Poll: Millennials Abandon Obama, Reject Obamacare, Want President Recalled

Photo Credit: jewishworldreview.comThe Obama thrill is gone among America’s millennials aged 18-29 just a year after they helped the president win a second term.

A new and shocking poll from Harvard University’s Institute of Politics released Wednesday found that younger Americans are so disgusted with President Obama, Congress and the troubled Obamacare system that 47 percent support recalling the president and just 29 percent are planning to sign up for health insurance.

“A critical factor in the election and reelection of Barack Obama, America’s 18- to 29- year-olds now rate the president’s job performance closer to that of Congress — and at the lowest level since he took office in 2009,” said Harvard Institute of Politics Director Trey Grayson.

How bad is it? Obama’s approval rating among millennials, many with big college loans and no job, is just 41 percent. Even young blacks are tiring of the president, with his approval rating among African-Americans dropping from 84 percent seven months ago to 75 percent today.

Harvard’s poll is especially troubling for Obamacare, which needs millions of younger Americans involved for it to succeed financially. The poll found that 57 disapprove of Obamacare and that there is little interest in signing up.

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