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Younger Unemployed Workers Costing Taxpayers

Christina Ferrin/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- U.S. taxpayers are getting socked because of the high unemployment rate of 18- to 34-year-olds, otherwise known as millennials.

Their unemployment rate runs well ahead of the national average, which is currently at 7 percent, with the jobless rate at a whopping 15 percent for those aged 16 to 24 years old.

According to a new study, this high unemployment is costing the economy $8.9 billion in uncollected tax revenue.  The price tag on the uncollected tax for non-working individuals 24 and under is more than $4,100 and more than doubles among 25- to 34-year-olds, averaging $9,900 each.

The study by youth advocacy group Young Invincibles points out that those who pay taxes get charged about $53 additionally because of the millennials who aren’t working.

Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

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