If you’re a young adult and don’t have a job then don’t feel like you’re all alone. Results from a new Gallup poll showed young adults around the world are more likely than any other age demographic to be unemployed.
Some 12% of young adults around the world—defined as those between the ages of 15 to 29 years old—said they were unemployed, while just 5% of adults between the ages of 30 to 49 years old said the same, according to Gallup’s poll. And, the unemployment rate just gets smaller with age. Gallup’s poll results also showed that just 4% of adults between the ages of 50 to 69 years old were underemployed around the world.
In addition, young people are also almost twice as likely to be underemployed than their older counterparts, according to Gallup’s poll. Gallup’s poll defined an “unemployed individual” as one that is not employed either for an employer of themselves, and is actively looking for a job and is able to work. An “underemployed” individual is defined as those who work part-time but would like to work full-time.
Employed Young Adults Not Happy with Jobs:
Things begin to change once each demographic is actively engaged in the workforce full-time. Poll results showed that young adults ages 15-19 are much more likely than 50-69 year-olds to be employed full-time. While 30 to 49 year olds are the most likely to be employed full-time.
Gallup’s poll showed that young adults were also the most likely to say that their current job wasn’t their ideal one, while adults between the ages of 50 to 69 years old were the least likely to feel that way about their job situations.
Geography also played a huge role in the way those polled perceived their jobs. Young adults located in former Soviet Union countries, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa were more likely to say their jobs weren’t ideal. On the other hand, adults between the ages of 50 to 69 years old living in the Americas were the most likely to say their jobs were ideal.
Gallup obtained the results of its survey by interviewing over 1,000 adults, aged 15 and over, in 131 countries around the world in 2009 and 2010.