Indicator List for Young Adults

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Young adults seek to establish their self-sufficiency through employment, education, and social and community ties that will ultimately lead to their creating new households and families.

Indicator List for Young Adults

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Educational Attainment

Among 25- to 29-year olds, the proportion who have attained a high school education, some college, or a bachelor’s degree are all rising, according to long-term trends. Despite progress, in 2012, only a third of this population had a bachelor’s degree or higher.

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Seat Belt Use

In 2012, seat belts or other car safety restraints were used by 91 percent of children under age eight. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration now recommends that all children younger than 13 ride in the back seat, and that infants and toddlers use a rear-facing car safety seat.

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Unintended Births

Between 2006 and 2010, more than one-third (37 percent) of all births in the United States were unintended, according to mothers’ reports.  Of these, nearly two-thirds of unintended births were mistimed, rather than unwanted.

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Young Adult Depression

In 2011, young adults (ages 18 to 29) living below the poverty line were twice as likely as those living at or above the poverty line to report suffering from two or more symptoms of depression in the past 30 days.

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Youth Employment

Employment rates for youth (ages 16-24) have rebounded slightly since 2010, but mainly for those youth not in school. Rates of employment for those enrolled in high school or college have shown little change since the recent economic recession.