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WalletHub: New Jersey is 2023’s state with the 3rd least at-risk youth

NEW JERSEY – New Jersey is 2023’s state with the 3rd least at-risk youth, according to a study done by WalletHub.

With 16% of young Americans neither working nor in school, exposing them to greater risk of poverty and violence, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s States with the Most At-Risk Youth.

To determine where young Americans are not faring as well as others in their age group, especially in a year made extremely stressful by inflation, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 15 key indicators of youth risk. The data set ranges from the share of disconnected youth to the labor force participation rate among youth to the youth poverty rate.

At-Risk Youth in New Jersey (1=Most at Risk; 25=Avg.):

  • 35th – % of Disconnected Youth
  • 41st – % of Youth Without a High School Diploma
  • 43rd – % of Overweight & Obese Youth
  • 23rd – % of Youth Drug Users
  • 50th – Youth Poverty Rate
  • 28th – % of Homeless Youth

Source: WalletHub

Here are the top 5 states with most at-risk youths:

  1. Louisiana
  2. Mississippi
  3. West Virginia
  4. Alaska
  5. New Mexico
Here are the top 5 states with least at-risk youths:
  1. Massachusetts
  2. New Hampshire
  3. New Jersey
  4. Utah
  5. Virginia

For the full report, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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