A new study says there are currently more Millennials in the U.S. workforce than any other generation, which is a startling declaration considering Millennials have no jobs (thanks to George W. Bush) and do not seem to be hirable (thanks to the proliferation of Candy Crush Saga and streamable music).
The Wall Street Journal reports that a recent Pew Research Center study found that 53.5 million Millennials are employed in the United States as compared with 52.7 million Millennial-hating Gen Xers, 44.6 million Millennial-hating baby boomers, and 3.7 million members of the Silent Generation, who probably do not hate Millennials but do enjoy forcing them to listen to very boring stories about the Great Depression.
So, there are a lot of us 18-to-34 year-olds working, though that's not quite good enough, considering study after study confirms older Millennials are having a hell of a time trying to find work. Yesterday, Forbes reported that 44 percent of 20-something college graduates are underemployed, with over 20 percent of them making less than $25K annually.
There are a lot of reasons why Millennials are suffering in the workplace, and it's not because we're lazy and don't care for business casual attire, though every generation has the odd Homeless Heidi that ruins everything for everyone. There are more automated robots running things, for instance, forcing the rest of us to fight with self-checkout machines at CVS.
Baby boomers, themselves saddled with some unfortunate financial futures, are taking their sweet, sweet time to retire. And entering the workforce during an economic downturn rarely turns out well for anyone, which is why the up-and-coming Generation Z has a far more optimistic outlook, despite their terrible taste in music.
Still, more of us are coming to a cubicle near you, and we do care about things like livable salaries, work-life balance, and meaningful employment. Read up and batten down the hatches and/or retire already.