In 2016, more than 10 percent of all 16-24 year olds in Illinois were both jobless and out of school.
State Sen. Dave Syverson is part of the state task force working to identify the barriers of employment holding back young adults. They met with community leaders in Rockford this week. Syverson says it's an issue far more complex than simply sending state money.
There are also a disproportionate number of black and Latino teens (16-19) and young adults (20-24) who are jobless and not in school.