Jul 12, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
It’s harder to change the world on a diet of canned beans and frozen corn, often the dinner staple for 24-year-old Darien Buckley.
She has yet to find a job that utilizes her double major in photography and communications after graduating from college in 2010. She is working as a telemarketer at a publishing company in Orange County, California.
In an election year when both President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney are vying for the support of young voters with promises to restore jobs, youth underemployment isn’t abating. It’s not only debilitating for individuals whose career and income opportunities are stunted. It threatens the economic expansion, as college-educated young adults have traditionally fueled consumer spending on clothes, technology, entertainment and cars.
The number of waiters and waitresses ages 18 to 30 with college degrees increased by 81 percent from 2000 to 2010 — to 159,645 –according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. The number of janitors with college degrees rose by 87 percent to 20,475. There were 1.9 million jobless people ages 20-24 who weren’t in school in June, a gain of 312,000 from May and the biggest increase since record-keeping began on the topic in 1985, according to nonseasonally adjusted statistics.