Minnesota second in the nation in young adult 'opportunity index'

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Minnesota scored second in the nation for opportunities for young people in a study released Monday by the Opportunity Nation.

Time Magazine found the survey's overall conclusions are rather grim. It found that 6 million young Americans--15 percent of those between 16 and 24--are neither employed nor in school.

The survey ranks states by tracking 16 factors in its Opportunity Index, including preschool attendance, graduation rates and household income. Vermont came in first, followed by Minnesota. North Dakota ranked third.

KMSP reports that Minnesota is one of the bright spots on the list. The state is named as one that supports its young people, citing Minnesota's on-time high school graduation of 88.2 percent, which far exceeds the nation's 78.2 percent. In addition, 42.7 percent of Minnesota adults have completed an associate degree or higher. On average, just 36.3 percent of Americans have achieved that level of education.

The Associated Press reports prospects are dim for young Americans who are not students or working and that these idle youth are more likely to become an economic drain on their communities.

Nevada, Mississippi and New Mexico are at the bottom of the index. Chicago, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Riverside, Calif., are the large cities that have more than 100,000 idle youth, the Opportunity Nation report found.

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