In 2010, nearly 188,000 New Yorkers between the ages of 18 through 24 were neither in school, nor working, 22 percent of that age group overall. According to the new study, by the end of 2015, that number had dropped to less than 137,000, 17 percent of the age group. The higher rates of connected young people appear due to both increases in employment, as well as school enrollment.
This publication, led and commissioned by JobsFirstNYC and conducted by researchers at the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), is an initial analysis of new data through the end of 2015. The document compares data from 2005, 2010, and 2015, to examine labor force and school enrollment trends across the past decade. JobsFirstNYC and CSS will be releasing a more comprehensive study about these changes to the OSOW population later this year.
Despite notable drops in out-of-school, out-of-work youth citywide, some neighborhoods still show extremely high rates of young adult disconnection. In the Mott Haven/Hunts Point section of the Bronx, 37 percent of young adults are neither in school, nor working; in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, the rate is nearly 30 percent.