Study names Arkansas as state with 6th most-at-risk youth

ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) – WalletHub recently conducted a study determining the 2022 states with the most at-risk young people and found Arkansas to be the 6th highest in the US

To determine where young Americans are not faring as well as others in their age group, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 16 key indicators of youth risk, including the share disconnected youth from youth labor force participation rate to youth poverty rate.

According to the study’s findings, Arkansas’ highest measure was youth labor force participation, where it ranked third.

Other metrics in which the natural state finished high include the percentage of disconnected youth at #7, the percentage of youth without a high school diploma at #20, the percentage of overweight and obese youth at # 15th, 11th in youth poverty rate, 16th in percentage of homeless youth and 6th in share of population aged 12 and over fully immunized.

The study shows that Louisiana finished first for most at-risk youth, followed by Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia and Wyoming. Massachusetts was found to be least at risk.

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