November 1, 2013 | Number of The Day
New Jersey youths between the ages of 18 and 24 who are idle

The rate at which young New Jersey adults — those between the ages of 18 and 24 — are not working, not in school and have no degree beyond high school is growing, according to the 2013 New Jersey Kids Count, an annual report of the Advocates for Children of New Jersey.

In 2011, it was
15 percent
or approximately 113,000. That’s an increase of 25 percent since 2008 and whether it was due to a poor economy or other reasons is unclear.

The rate at which teens between the ages of 16 and 19 are idle — meaning they are not going to school and not working — has remained the same since 2008, at 7 percent.