Young Americans Delay Saving Due to Economic Factors

October 28, 2011 ( –According to a new study, 28% of young Americans delay saving for retirement due to economic factors.  

According to the study, which was commissioned by Generation Opportunity, 77% of 600 young people ages 18-29 either have or will delay a major life change or purchase due to economic factors.

The study found:

•  Forty-four percent delay buying a home; 

•  Twenty-seven percent delay paying off student loans or other debt; 

•  Twenty-seven percent delay going back to school/getting more education or training; 

•  Twenty-six percent delay changing jobs/cities; 

•  Twenty-three percent delay starting a family; and

•  Eighteen percent delay getting married.


“The heart of the matter here is that young Americans need jobs in order to repay any debts, including student loans, and to plan for the future,” said Paul T. Conway, President of Generation Opportunity and a former Chief of Staff at the US Department of Labor, in a press release. “The poor economy and a lack of jobs are the central reasons why millions of young Americans have delayed their dreams of buying a home, getting more education, saving for retirement, getting married, or starting a family. Millennials know that more rhetoric from elected leaders and new federal programs are no substitute for employment opportunities and simply having a job.”