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Issue Brief: Disconnected Young Adults in Southwest Florida

March 31, 2021  / RERI Research Team  / Tags: Issue Brief, Reports

Issue Brief: Disconnected Young Adults in Southwest Florida

The period between graduating high school (or earning a GED) and joining the workforce can be labeled as one of the most important times in anyone’s life. This is the point in time when young adults begin to figure out what they want to do with their life and how they want to make a living. Some people might choose to immediately join the workforce after graduation and forego any potential earnings from improving their human capital in a traditional college and vocational degree. Others might decide instead to obtain further education through a traditional four-year college degree or vocational program.  However, this period of transition between graduation and adulthood never comes quite as easy for some.  Some youth that graduate might never figure out what they want to do for a livelihood, and pursue neither option. 

In this issue brief, we look at young adults (residents between the ages of 18 and 24 years old) in Southwest Florida that have become disconnected, what the demographics of these young adults are, and how have these indicators changed over time. 

Main findings from the Issue Brief include:

  • Both the Cape Coral-Fort Myers MSA and Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island MSA have seen declines in disconnected young adult rates from 2010 to 2019, while the Punta Gorda MSA saw an increase over the same period.
  • The proportion of disconnected young females declined from 2010 to 2019.
  • The region had a decline in rates for both the disconnected young white population and the disconnected young Hispanic population over the nine-year period.

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Issue Brief: Disconnected Young Adults in Southwest Florida

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