More young West Virginians out of school, not working - WOWK 13 Charleston, Huntington WV News, Weather, Sports

More young West Virginians out of school, not working

Posted: Updated:
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • UPDATE: All Northbound lanes open on I-77 at East River Mountain Tunnel

    UPDATE: All Northbound lanes open on I-77 at East River Mountain Tunnel

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:42 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:42:00 GMT
    All northbound lanes are back open after a tractor trailer that caught fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel on Friday. It happened in the northbound lanes of the tunnel that divides Mercer and Bland around 2:00 Friday afternoon.
    All northbound lanes are back open after a tractor trailer that caught fire inside the East River Mountain Tunnel on Friday. It happened in the northbound lanes of the tunnel that divides Mercer and Bland around 2:00 Friday afternoon.
  • Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Sistersville Woman Crowned Mrs. West Virginia, Will Compete for National Title

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 4:17 AM EDT2014-07-15 08:17:38 GMT
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
    A Sistersville mother, wife, and soon-to-be teacher, holds another very impressive title as she gets ready to take on the competition on a national stage.Mrs. West Virginia, Melissa Smith, will compete for the title of "Mrs.United States," in September. Smith travels throughout the state right now helping to push her platform. "Right now, I'm very focused on improving literacy education. I'm going to be an elementary school teacher and I have been traveling throughout West Virginia reading to...
  • Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Federal judge in Martinsburg, West Virginia, sends 10 to prison for violating probation

    Sunday, July 6 2014 11:00 AM EDT2014-07-06 15:00:12 GMT
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.
    Nine Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents and another from Keyser were sentenced to federal prison for breaking the law while they were on supervised release or probation.

About 56,000 teens and young adults in West Virginia are neither in school nor at work, which could lead to a life of chronic underemployment, according to a new Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Nearly 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are in the same boat.

Margie Hale, executive director of West Virginia Kids Count, said the economic and social costs can be "staggering" when one in four young people is neither in school nor working.

"Community leaders, policymakers and advocates must work to ensure every young person in West Virginia can get meaningful work experiences and be on a solid path to graduation, post-secondary training and a good job," Hale said in a news release.

The report cited greater competition from older workers for a scarce number of entry-level jobs. Nationally, only about half of young people ages 16 to 24 had jobs in 2011, compared to 60 percent in 2011. In West Virginia, only 40 percent of youths had a job in 2011, compared to 53 percent in 2000.

According to a news release from Kids Count, young people are missing the chance to build knowledge and their job readiness skills by not holding "starter jobs."

"All young people need opportunities to gain work experience and build the skills that are essential to being successful as an adult," Patrick McCarthy, president and CEO of the foundation, said in a news release. "Ensuring youth are prepared for the high-skilled jobs available in today's economy must be a national priority, for the sake of their future roles as citizens and parents, the future of our work force and the strength of our nation as a whole."

The report also found that more than 20 percent, a total of 1.4 million of the unemployed youths cited, have children of their own. The report also had several recommendations, such as a national youth employment strategy to streamline systems and provide flexible financial aid.