Young adults and independence: difficulties concentrated among the unemployed and economically inactive

Yves Jauneau, division Études sociales, Insee

In 2005, around 5 million young people aged between 18 and 29 no longer lived with their parents. For these people, poverty measured in terms of «living conditions» is more prevalent than in the whole of the population. Housing problems are widespread and even affect those in a comfortable financial situation. Late payments and bank overdrafts are also common. On the other hand, these young people living independently do not report any more restrictions on their consumption than the rest of the population. Among young people who no longer live with parents, the unemployed and economically inactive who are no longer students are affected by all the above difficulties, while, all other characteristics being equal, those people who are already in stable employment and childless couples enjoy the most favourable situations. Financial difficulties experienced during adolescence frequently recur among the most poor.

Insee Première N° 1156
No 1156
Paru le : 14/09/2007