Young employees from low-income families are more likely than those from higher-income families to do less well acrossa number of metrics including completing high school, receiving postsecondary credentials, being continuously employed,and having health insurance coverage. These disparate outcomes can have lifelong consequences for both the employeesand for the social support systems that help low-income families. These data present both an immediate need and a societalopportunity. The government, philanthropic and educational sectors have responded with a number of programs targetingyoung low-income employees, many of which center on the education and training of current and prospective employees.Increasingly, leading businesses are also recognizing that young low-income employees matter to the business bottom line, notjust as customers today, but also as a source of present and future talent.
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A Profile of Young Workers (16–26) in Low-Income Families
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