Nearly 25% of Michigan's 18-34 year olds live in poverty



Yes, it's true: nearly a quarter of Michigan's young people ages 18-34 live in poverty. Nationwide, it's nearly a fifth. 

All this according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Over 90% of Michigan's cherished 18-34 year old demographic also need to use a car to get to work. Just 63% are employed. There are even more horrifying numbers here.

What do all these numbers tell us? 

We think these numbers are a wake-up call. These numbers mean the state must invest in communities and small businesses. These numbers tell us that Michigan needs to invest in comprehensive, thoughtful public transit to get people to and from potential jobs and save them from the $10,000+ annual expense of driving a car—an expense that can drive people right into poverty and keep them there.

We think these numbers mean the old way of thinking—that reliance on a large corporation as economic savior is good for us—is not just out dated, but harmful to the current and future generations of young people. 

These numbers are a wake-up call: Our priorities must shift from short-term selfishness to planting seeds for future generations. 

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