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    YAF's Public Relations Officer, Ashley Pratte on Fox & Friends talking about the YMI!
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    Young America’s Foundation has released its Youth Misery Index (YMI) numbers for 2013, and it’s a record high of 98.6. The Youth Misery Index (YMI) is calculated by adding youth unemployment, student loan debt, and national debt (per capita) numbers.  Young people are experiencing hardships like never before under the Obama administration, and this generation is plagued by the burden of massive government debt.


    Youth unemployment in 2013 was 16.3 percent, with almost six million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 not in school or work.  Many young people are simply giving up on finding employment.

    Student loan debt for 2013 rings in at a record-breaking $29,400 (29.4 on YMI).  Student debt has risen at an average of six percent per year since 2008. 

    National debt per capita for 2013 is the highest it’s ever been at $52,948 (52.9 on YMI).  Young people will be stuck paying for government debt they had no part in creating, and they’ll have to do it with less discretionary income than ever before because of record high levels of student loan debt.

    Add it all up and the YMI comes out to an astonishing 98.6.  With the growing presence of government in our daily lives, there appears to be a statistically significant relationship between government expenditures and the YMI.  Under the Obama administration alone, the YMI has increased by 18.1 percent, the highest increase under any President, making Obama the worst President for youth economic opportunity—not quite the hope and change many young people were looking for.


    For further information or to request an interview, please call Ashley Pratte at (603) 361-5057.


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    • Cry me a river. It would be meaningful, if this is a record breaking year/figure, to include how many years the YMI has been calculated. It would also be meaningful to include figures such as how many youth are covered by insurance (their parents up to age 26, no lifetime cap, no pre-existing condition exclusion, etc.), how many gay youth feel more empowered/accepted in the military and society as a whole, how many youth born in this country to illegal aliens now have a better chance in America, etc.
      Posted by Doc Sarvis on 01/08/2014
    • This study is SO SCIENTIFIC. .....said no one ever.
      Posted by Pat on 01/09/2014
    • Of course FOX is going to go after this story. It tells them what they want to hear, never mind that there is no objectivity to the study.
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    • Well, looks like this data rubs a few people the wrong way. Doc and Pat, clearly this is an index study done by evaluating certain factors of the economy that are measurable and accessible by government figures to back up the claim. I'm not sure how you evaluate "gay youth feeling more empowered" but if you're looking for that information, you might want to try GLADD's website. Lots of "scientific" information there I'm sure. As far as objectivity, last I checked unemployment, student debt, and the national debt are not subjective measures. We all understand liberals are crying a river now that their president has failed beyond belief in every measure used to quantify the success of an administration. Maybe you'd rather look at the misery index for the families of the 4 dead Americans during Benghazi, or they misery index of all the 401C3 founders who couldn't get their constitutionally protected organizations off the ground because of the IRS scandal, or the misery of black youth who continue to hover at 14% unemployment, twice the national average. If you want to cry about it and poo-poo the facts, try MSNBC's site. They're dying for some attention...and as of late, credibility.
      Posted by Adam on 01/10/2014
    • "Evaluating certain factors of the economy" that will give you the results you are fishing for. THAT is how this "index study" appears. And how long has this index been conducted? To claim this is a record figure is meaningless without the temporal context.
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