Jobs Gap Between Young, Old Wider than Ever

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Young adults have been hardest hit by the tight job market according to a new study released by the Pew Research Center Thursday.

The study details the impact of the recent recession on the attitudes of a generation of mostly 20 to 30-somethings.

Forty-one percent of Americans believe young adults are suffering the most in the recession, according to the Pew study.

Only 29 percent of those polled say middle-aged Americans are the worst off, and 24 percent said it was seniors 65 or older who were impacted the most by the economy.

"Young workers are on the bottom of the ladder, and during a recession like we've had, it's often hard for them to hold on," Kim Parker, associate director of Pew's Social & Demographic Trends project, said. 

Many young adults are going back to school or scraping by on waitressing, bartending, and odd jobs as they wait for the economy to recover.

A majority of the public, at least 69 percent, said it's more difficult for today's young adults to pay for college, find a job, buy a home, or save for the future than it was in their parents' generation.

Pew based its research on statistical data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor. The center also polled 2,048 adults, who were interviewed by cellphone or landline between Dec. 6-19, 2011.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.9 percentage points for all respondents, which increases slightly for subgroups.

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