[Excerpt] This year, nearly one in three young workers will be laboring on Labor Day; they are significantly more likely to be at work on this holiday than workers older than 35. Even fewer low-income young workers have the day off.
This one small fact is a hint at the economic landscape today’s young workers confront as they enter the workforce. A nationwide survey of 1,156 people conducted in July 2009 by Peter D. Hart Research Associates for the AFL-CIO and the AFL-CIO community affiliate Working America tells the fuller story, particularly compared with the results of a similar survey we commissioned 10 years ago: Employment, income and benefits have fallen sharply for young workers over the past decade. And these trends are even worse for the growing share of young workers with incomes of less than $30,000 a year.