A nonprofit group says the number of young adults who are not in school and are unemployed in Kentucky and around the nation has skyrocketed since 2000.
A report released Monday by the children's advocacy group the Annie E. Casey Foundation blames the problem on several factors, including increasing competition from older workers due to the recession and not graduating high school ready for college.
In Kentucky alone, between 2000 and 2011, the number of young adults ages 20 to 24 who are not in school and not working grew by 88 percent. For 16- to 19-year-olds, the number rose 3 percent.
The foundation warns the youths are heading toward a path of chronic unemployment as adults.