A shocking number of the State's young people are not in school or working; Leading many to believe a financially successful future is now out of their reach.
That's according to a new Kids Count report released Monday.
The study says around 220,000 teens and young adults ages 16 through 24 are jobless and not enrolled in school.
In the year 2000, that number was 13%, but rose to 17% in 2011.
The report also says 67% of young people were working in the year 2000; however that number dropped to 45% in 2011.
Kids Count says with fewer jobs in the State and so many experienced workers looking for jobs, the opportunities for youth are “especially diminished.”