The rate of youth in Vermont between the ages of 16 and 24-years-old who are neither in school nor working jumped 50 percent between 2000 and 2011. For those between the ages of 20 and 24-years-old, the rate increased more than 70 percent. A new KIDS COUNT® report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation examines the trend of unemployed and out-of-school youth that is occurring nationwide and presents strategies for reconnecting youth to education and the workforce. According to the report, Youth and Work: Restoring Teen and Young Adult Connections to Opportunity, 6.5 million U.S. teens and young adults are unemployed and not in school, failing to gain essential workforce experience and veering toward a path of chronic underemployment. View the report here.