LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A new report says Michigan has 220,000 teens and young adults who are neither in school nor working and who face serious barriers to successful careers.
The report "Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity" says that in 2000, 13% of Michigan residents ages 16 to 24 were jobless and not enrolled in school.
It says that rose to 17% by 2011.
The report that comes from the Annie E. Casey's Kids Count initiative says the lack of so-called starter jobs means darker horizons for Michigan young people who lack training and education.
It recommends the federal government develop a youth employment strategy, while localities better coordinate their efforts and learn from each other's successes.
Kids County data center: http://bit.ly/TELCHI
National Guard Youth ChalleNGe: http://bit.ly/TC09Xm
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