Northeast losing young adults


DURHAM, N.H. (AP) – A new study shows a disturbing decline in the number of young adults in New England.

The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire says the population of residents aged 25-to-34 declined in New England much more sharply than the national average from 1990 to 2004. During that period, the number of young adults in the region declined nearly 25 percent, compared to the national average decline of 7 percent.

Management Professor Ross Gittell, who wrote the report, said New England lags behind the national average in growth of all age groups, but the young people decline is the most alarming. He said all 67 counties in New England, except for Nantucket County in Massachusetts, saw a decline in the number of young adults.

The report said Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, Georgia and Oregon saw a more than 10 percent growth in the population of young adults.

The report urges leaders to pay attention to the trends and their impact on the future labor force, economy and character of New England.

“Younger workers provide the economic foundation for the future strength and resilience of the regions businesses,” Gittell wrote. “They provide a critical pool of hard working, entry level workers for businesses in all industries, and often bring fresh ideas, new skills, and energy to the workplace.”

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