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Study shows Valley’s young people twice as likely to be jobless or not in school

Nearly one in five young people ages 16 to 24 in the San Joaquin Valley are not employed or enrolled in school, a rate that is twice the state average, according to a report released by the Institute of Public Anthropology at Fresno State.

The research is titled “School, Work, and the Transition to Adulthood of Youth in the San Joaquin Valley.”

The report says 17.1 percent of San Joaquin Valley young people are not enrolled in school or employed, compared with 8.2 percent of young people in California.

Individuals who are not working or going to school are more likely to experience negative social and economic outcomes as adults, according to the study.

Tomas Kassahun: 559-441-6659, @TomasKassahun

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