What's Your View of the Future?

With graduation just weeks away, many students are seriously contemplating their future right now. From FOX 9 News, a new poll by the Associated Press shows 18 to 24 year olds more pessimistic about their economic futures compared to a similar poll back in April of 2007.

In all, the poll offered some bleak numbers:

  • 45 percent of the young people polled expect it will be harder for them to earn enough money for their desired lifestyle when compared to their parents.
  • 56 percent believe it will be more difficult to buy a house
  • 42 percent say it will be harder to raise a family
  • 53 percent think it will be harder to save money to retire.

“It's tweaking the dream a little bit. The American Dream of today's 18- to 24-year-olds might be a little different then 18- to 24-year-olds from 20 years ago,” professor Lisa Waldner, chair of the Sociology Department at the University of St. Thomas told Fox 9.

I would say that other news suggests though that the outlook is good. UST business  faculty have been commenting on the recent up-tick in hiring in the Twin Cities. The unemployment rate fell in March in more than 80 percent of the nation's largest metro areas. How do you feel about your economic future? let us know in the comments.