That is the share of Long Islanders aged 16 to 25 who are employed full and part time. This is a steep drop from the 55.6 percent in 2005, according to a Hofstra University study. This statistic is worse than the national average of about 48.8 percent in May.
Wage stagnation and an aging population postponing retirement have left young people with fewer options. Long Island must provide for this new backbone of the U.S. workforce or the exodus of our young adults will continue.