Move over millennials, members of Generation Z are ready to work

The American economy added 222,000 new jobs in June — and many of those positions were likely taken by members of Generation Z.

Precise definitions vary, but Generation Z generally comprises those who were born in the 1990s and came of age amid events such as the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the 2008 financial crisis. In recent years, the first wave of Generation Z workers have turned 18.

More of these people are entering the workforce — by 2021 it is expected they will constitute a fifth of all workers. Among people ages 16 to 19, the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3% in June on a seasonally adjusted basis, from 14.3% the month before, according to data released Friday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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