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gree is a real detriment. Journalists do not often dwell on Millen- nials who are not white, college-educated, and middle-class. Ralph (2018) finds that for Millennials without a car, their employment options are restricted. For high school graduates of Latinx or Black background working at low-wage jobs, or unemployed, their situation provides significant economic challenges.
In Australia
Jennifer Rayner (2016), an Australian millennial and former federal political advisor, wrote Generation Less, a statistically- laden overview of the downward mobility of her age-cohort. While austerity measures are slowly gaining traction in Australia, they have much farther to fall than their American counterparts. Youth unemployment rates are at 11.2 per cent (Rayner 2016: 240). Rayner (2016) points out that 65 per cent of hospitality workers, and 40 per cent of retail workers are casual employees, without access to the entitlements received by full-time employ- ees, such as five-to-six week of annual paid-leave. Casual workers in Australia are compensated for such precarity with higher wag- es. Australian millennials are renting property well into their thir- ties before purchasing their own property and their overall finan- cial worth has declined, while their debt rates have risen, especial- ly with student loan debt, whereas tuition was free for many of their parents’ cohort (Rayner 2016: 590).
In the United Kingdom
Millennials make up 13.9 per cent of the total population in the United Kingdom, but there is a definite concentration in Lon- don, where 19 per cent of them live (Brown et. al. 2017: 3). Mil- lennials are most commonly employed in the retail sectors, fol- lowed by health/social work, and education, and have experi- enced the largest falls in average earnings since the 2008 recession, with employment rates of 82 per cent (Brown et. al. 2017: 3). This age cohort is among the most educated, with nearly 40 per cent of those in their late 20s and 30s holding a tertiary level degree. As in other peer countries, 59 per cent of millennials are renting their
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GLOCALISM: JOURNAL OF CULTURE, POLITICS AND INNOVATION 2018, 1, DOI: 10.12893/gjcpi.2018.1.11
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