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SUNY Broome President on Jobless Study

A study by the Opportunity Nation Coalition finds that a big part of the future of the economy may already be on the rocks.

According to the study, six million, or 15% of people aged 16-24 are neither in school nor have a job.

Oftentimes these rates are higher where the local economy is struggling.

Locally, the President of SUNY Broome Dr. Kevin Drumm points to GED's, Community Colleges, and trade apprenticeships as ways to escape the rut of going young and idle.

"Isn't doing either working or in school, that's a real threat to the future and I'm sure that population has grown as a result of the Great Recession. What happens during recessions is that the younger population finds it harder to find jobs," said Drumm.

Drumm said the possibility of an educational opportunity center, which would offer college and work skills prep in Binghamton, is in the very early stages.

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