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Young people are beating their parents in one important way
A new study by The Pew Research Center shows that millennials have surpassed every other generation in the workforce. - photo by JJ Feinauer
Of all the myths surrounding the mystical characteristics of the millennial generation, the belief that they don't have jobs is now the most demonstrably false.

According to a new report by The Pew Research Center, millennials (those born from 1980 to 2000) have surpassed every other generation in the workforce. They now make up just over one third of the total workforce in America, closely edging out Gen Xers (those born between 1965 and 1980) and baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964).

As the report shows, the Silent Generation, or those born from 1920 to 1940, have largely left the workforce.

There have been plenty of attempts in recent years to understand the mind of the working millennial, and with Pew's new data, such attempts will probably only increase.

One trend, for example, that has made waves recently, is that millennials are apparently not very interested in working for big companies.

According to the management consulting firm Accenture, only 15 percent of recent graduates claim to prefer a job with a large firm. That same study also found that recent grads want a job that challenges them and has flexible hours and opportunities for growth within the company.
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