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The Decades-Long Decline in Youth Jobs

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Anise Vance


decline in the share of young people aged 16-24 who were employed nationwide since 1990

decrease in the share of 20-24 year olds without high school degrees who were employed since 1990

drop in the share of teenagers who were employed in Massachusetts since 2000

Greater Boston’s ranking among the 100 largest American cities in the share of teens either working or in school

DACA, by the Numbers

Thursday, September 07, 2017
Luc Schuster, Anise Vance


Number of people in Massachusetts with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. Roughly 6,300 of these live in the Boston area.

Share of DACA recipients who say they moved into a job with better pay after receiving DACA status, according to a national survey.

Extra annual tuition and fees a DACA student would have to pay to attend UMass Boston if DACA protection is removed (students with DACA status can pay in-state tuition in Massachusetts).

The number of states that provide in-state tuition for unauthorized students who attended and graduated from high schools in that state, regardless of DACA or other immigration status. Massachusetts is not one of these states.

Measuring Job Access in Greater Boston

Thursday, June 29, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
With fast and affordable access to Boston’s core and neighboring municipalities comes improved access to jobs, education and other opportunities for all of the region’s residents. When all commuters, “regardless of race, income or ability,” have the same access to opportunity as any other commuter (even if that means transit investment is higher in one community than another), the system can be said to be equitable. For individuals interested in measuring ‘transportation equity’ within the region, it has been difficult to find a tool that can effectively give a sense of what access, particularly job access, looks like by neighborhood. In the Boston area, one of the most informative is the Collaborative Access-based Stakeholder Engagement (CoAXs) tool, a web-based portal that encourages users to develop a more comprehensive understanding of job access across Greater Boston.

Boston Housing Challenges Through Millennial Eyes:9 Findings From a New Poll

Friday, June 09, 2017
Peter Ciurczak

Recently the Boston Foundation commissioned a poll from the MassINC Polling Group asking registered voters about their perceptions of housing issues in the Greater Boston area. Since the poll breaks out respondents into four different age categories, we can compare the opinions of millennials (18-29 year olds, based on the survey’s definition) with those of older voters. The poll also allows us to make some comparisons between the perspectives of millennials earning less than $75,000 a year with those earning $75,000 or more.

Several key themes jump out:

  • Millennials are very concerned about rising housing costs (as are people of all ages).
  • Millennials are more supportive of dense, transit oriented development than older voters.
  • Lower-income millennials are more supportive of building additional rental units and clustering these more densely around public transit stops.

Scroll through this brief for more specific data on the opinions of millennials and housing in Boston.

The ACA and Millennials:

How Health Care Reform Has Benefited Boston's Young Adults

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Peter Ciurczak
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law in 2010, the number of Americans without health insurance has declined significantly. One of the largest decreases was among millennials—those currently between the ages of 18 and 34. Across the United States, the uninsured rate for millennials fell 12 percentage points from 2009 to 2015. Even with the ACA however, millennials remain the least likely cohort to have health insurance coverage – with an uninsured rate of 16.4 percent as of 2015.
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